Photo of Luther Maddy

Combine Results

Grade
5.24 ?
  • 29 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'0" Height
  • 33 1/4" Arm Length
  • 287LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

An undersized and active tackle once referred to by Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster as the "bell-cow" of the defense, Maddy returned to his old self in 2015, earning second team All-ACC notice from league coaches (57 tackles, seven for loss, 2.5 sacks) after an injury-shortened season the previous fall. He actually garnered honorable mention All-ACC status in that year despite playing in just four games (9 tackles, 0.5 for loss), partially because of the goodwill he built following a third-team all-conference junior year (13.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks) and solid sophomore campaign (35 tackles, 6.5 TFL, four sacks).

Analysis

Strengths

Plays with energy and effort until the whistle blows. Comes off the ball with outstanding quickness and can get into blockers early. Shows ability to swing from gap to gap with lateral quickness. Gets all he can from his arm extension and stays ready to shed. Quick twitch athleticism with hints of explosion in his upper body. Leverage allows him to post up against combination blocks. Uses sweet spin move to disengage and re-position against the run.

Weaknesses

Has trouble stringing together moves if his initial quickness doesn’t put him in driver’s seat. Stubby frame with tiny hands. Plays with too much of square rusher’s mentality rather than a shoulder turner who can win around the corner. Positions himself to shed quickly but has trouble unhinging from strong hands. Can be overwhelmed by big guards who square him up. Too many “almost” tackles and sacks. Missing the length to be a better finisher.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Bottom Line

Has intriguing quick twitch athleticism that allows him to get off the ball early and ahead in the rep. While he lacks the size and overall play strength to capitalize on his early quickness as much as teams might like, he does flash enough up-field ability and instincts to warrant a third-day selection as a rotational shade nose in a penetrating 4­-3 defense.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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