Tagged: Louisville

DE LORENZO MAULDIN, LOUISVILLE

DE #94 LORENZO MAULDIN, LOUISVILLE

6’4” – 252 lbs. – 4.75e

Worked in a reserve/special-teams capacity for most of 2011, starting two games at tight end. Added seventeen pounds of bulk and converted to defensive end in 2012, starting six of eleven games played; in 2013, started all thirteen games at the position. Plays on both sides of the line; has taken the occasional snap out of a two-point stance, but has an extremely small sample size in that capacity. Tall with long arms and a lanky build; has the frame to add more weight, which will be necessary if teams opt to employ him as a defensive end in an even front. Lower body appears more developed than upper body at this point; can get ragdolled around a bit, but is not easily blown off the line of scrimmage. Able to use his hands to disengage from blocks and make the tackle; radius is also impressive given his length. Pursues well to the sidelines. Run fits are questionable at this point, but flashes desirable tools. As a rusher, appears stiff when asked to bend back toward the quarterback, allowing passers to easily evade him by climbing the pocket; also gets steered wide of the mark by offensive linemen. More of a speed rusher than anything at this point; lacks both creativity and a go-to move for winning off the snap. Also problematic are his reaction times; typically not among the first defensive linemen to get off the line, which allows opponents to negate his speed by getting depth on their kickslide in advance. Has a strong motor as both a pass rusher and a run defender; plays through the whistle and exhibits active hands and feet. Far from a finished product at this point; has a long way to go in terms of strength, of technique, and of instincts. That said, has made substantial gains in terms of bulk and has acclimated well to the defensive side of the ball, which, combined with his projectable frame and athleticism, should make him a desirable project for pro coaches, whether as a defensive end in an even front or an outside linebacker in an odd front. Build might be better suited to the latter, although teams may be somewhat hesitant about asking him to learn his third position in five years. Won’t be selected as highly as former teammate and fellow offensive convert Marcus Smith but should benefit from the association. Somewhat resembles Patriots 2013 seventh-round pick Michael Buchanan.

Games watched: Central Florida (’13), Florida International (’13). Kentucky (’13)

WR DeVANTE PARKER, LOUISVILLE

WR #9 DeVANTE PARKER, LOUISVILLE

6’3” – 208 lbs. – 4.55e

Possesses prototypical size and bulk for an outside receiver, but also has some experience lining up in the slot. Has become more productive in each season with the Cardinals. Capable of controlling his body down the sidelines. Can do some damage on intermediate routes, specifically comebacks; also did some work over the middle on short curls and comebacks. Presents a threat after the catch in terms of being able to make the first man miss; not supremely agile, but has some shake and an above-average stiff-arm. Lacks explosiveness but has the deep speed to turn short throws into big gains. Can get off the line against press coverage, with the type of frame which should allow that skill to translate to the pro level. Exhibits good awareness as a route-runner by settling down into zones rather than running himself into coverage. Runs smooth routes but doesn’t generate much explosion out of his breaks, which could pose problems against tighter pro coverage. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder on downfield throws and is capable of making catches away from his frame. Not a particularly physical blocker, but does give a decent effort. Was something of a deep threat in college, but may not be fast enough to threaten pro defenses as consistently with his speed. Struggled to gain consistent separation against man coverage and looks much more comfortable when lining up against the soft zone shells he saw often in college. Leaves a lot of plays on the field because of his inconsistent hands; drops some routine throws and doesn’t always bring in passes on his first try, double-catching at times. Also tends to let a lot of throws get into his pads on curls. Needs to be more aggressive in attacking the ball; waits for it to come to him rather than coming back. May never become a dependable receiver, but is a fairly big target who runs clean routes and has been able to get open down the field in college; because much of his production came on deeper throws, his timed speed at the Combine will go a long way toward determining whether or not pro teams will view him as being able to do the same thing in the NFL.

Games watched: Cincinnati (’12), Connecticut (’12), Cincinnati (’13), Miami (’13)