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Aaron Maybin (DE)
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 249
College: Penn St.
Conference: Big Ten
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
High School: Mount Hebron
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Selected by: Buffalo Bills
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 11 (11)
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Pick Analysis: The Bills take the dynamic pass-rushing specialist from Penn State. Though Maybin left State College, Pa., as a one-year starter, he racked up 12 sacks in his final season and dazzled scouts with his exceptional first-step quickness. For a team in desperate need of a pass rush, Maybin appears to be the ideal fit.
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Overview

Listed second on the depth chart behind Maurice Evans at left defensive end, Maybin was thrust into the starting lineup the third game of his junior season. Coaches were looking to spark a unit hit by graduation, suspensions and injuries and felt that the youngster would be given an audition to see if he could ignite the pass rush.


And spark the defense he did.


Maybin became the 93rd Penn State player to earn All-American first-team honors, the 76th athlete from the Joe Paterno era to receive that honor. The legendary coach has seen at least one of his players earn All-American accolades in 38 of his 43 seasons as head coach.


Maybin finished the 2008 season leading the Big Ten Conference and ranking seventh in the nation with 12 quarterback sacks. That total tied for fifth-best on the school single-season list. His 20 stops behind the line of scrimmage rank as the sixth-highest season total by a Nittany Lion. The left end also registered at least one tackle for loss in all 13 games in which he played.


Many Penn State fans thought they were seeing the rise of their team's next great defensive presence. But the 230-pounder felt that after just one season as a starter and two campaigns with the varsity, that he was ready to test his wares in the NFL.


Becoming a force to be reckoned with is not something new for Maybin. At Mount Hebron High School, he earned 2005 Baltimore Sun All-Metro team, second-team big school All-State and first-team All-Howard County accolades. As a junior, he produced 79 tackles with nine sacks, followed by ten sacks and 80 tackles in his final season.


During his first collegiate season, he redshirted, performing on the scout team at Penn State in 2006. He saw action in 13 games in '07 as a reserve defensive end. He managed only 12 tackles (eight solo), but four of them were quarterback sacks, as he also caused one fumble and deflected a third-down pass.


The 2008 season opened with Maybin playing with the second unit. He took over left end duties vs. Syracuse, going on to start ten of the team's next 11 contests. He had at least one tackle behind the line of scrimmage in every game in which he played. The All-Big Ten Conference choice and Ted Hendricks Award finalist also registered at least one sack in 10 games, caused three fumbles and ranked sixth on the team with 49 tackles.


High School

Attended Mount Hebron (Ellicott City, Md.) High School, playing football for head coach Larry Luthe...Earned 2005 Baltimore Sun All-Metro team, second-team big school All-State and first-team All-Howard County accolades...As a junior, he produced 79 tackles with nine sacks, followed by 10 sacks and 80 tackles in his final season...Participated in drama programs and did volunteer work.


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Analysis

Positives: Tall with a frame to add a needed 10-15 pounds of muscle in his upper body. Superior quickness off the snap on wide rushes. Combines speed and length to challenge offensive tackles in passing situations. Very good straight-line speed to chase plays down the line or hustle downfield. Keeps cut blocks off his knees, recovers and maintains balance. Great length and vertical to affect passing lanes. Dropped into zone coverage often, got into his zone in a hurry when decisive. Breaks down in space and can change direction in the backfield to handle cutbacks and misdirection. Improving his hand usage as a pass rusher.


Negatives: A bit thin in the hips and might not grow into a defensive end build. Does not always use his length to get off offensive tackle or tight end blocks. Lacks the strength to bull rush. Runs stiff and upright, looks much better straight-ahead than laterally. Doesn't turn the corner as fast as you'd like because of his inflexible lower body. Needs more pass-rush moves. Always runs straight up the field, allowing tackles to direct him around the pocket. Demoted to backup status during the week of the Rose Bowl for undisclosed reasons.


Compares To: PARYS HARALSON, San Francisco -- Maybin could eventually develop into another Chad Brown (Colorado; Pittsburgh Steelers) at the next level, but the NFL's love for pass rushers, rather than looking at the "complete" picture has spelled doom and gloom for a lot of teams taking "tweeners" early in the draft. Undersized defensive ends often fail to adjust to life as outside linebackers. Could Maybin be the next flash in the pan? If used strictly as an edge rusher, he brings good value, but that is not why teams pay a hefty price to ink a first-round pick.


Injury Report

No injuries reported.


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