Photo of Josh Mauga
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  • 6'1" Height
  • 243LBS. Weight

Overview

The WAC leader in tackles (11.7 per-game average) through the first seven games of the 2007 season, an MCL injury kept him out until he posted 11 tackles in Nevada's bowl loss to New Mexico. He played through a torn pectoral muscle his senior year, managing 54 tackles, 7.5 for loss and 3.5 sacks, but the injury cost him a chance to play in another bowl game. Mauga was never named to an all-conference team, but he has been versatile enough to make plays regardless of position or scheme. He played outside linebacker in the 3-4 early in his career and then at both the middle and strong-side positions in the 4-3 as a senior.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Instinctive and more athletic than he looks, Mauga reads the action quickly and is quick to attack the line of scrimmage. ... While he lacks the great hulking upper body of many of today's top inside linebackers, he has the lateral quickness to slip by blockers and make tackles near the line of scrimmage. ... He isn't a bruising tackler, but is a scrapper who always seems to get the ballcarrier on the ground. ... Doesn't wow you on film, but finishes the day with an impressive stat line. ... Reads the action quickly and puts himself in position to make the tackle before blockers have a chance to get to him. ... Doesn't shy away from contact and has the lower-body strength and good lateral quickness to engage blockers, keep his feet and disengage as the ballcarrier approaches. ... Good open-field tackler who breaks down well and wraps his arms for the secure stop. ... Versatile defender who has been a standout regardless of the scheme or position he has played. Negatives: Questionable level of competition. ... Makes a lot of tackles in pursuit, though much of this is based on effort and not elite speed. ... Will need to be protected by a solid front to keep blockers off of him. ... Good burst upfield as a blitzer, but doesn't get home often enough. ... Good awareness in coverage, but marginal overall athleticism. ... Medical check necessary as he missed time with a MCL injury in 2007 and torn pectoral muscle in 2008.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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