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Penn State's Mauti making strides, drawing interest after 3rd ACL tear

Penn State linebacker Mike Mauti, recovering from his latest ACL surgery, continues to make strides in his recovery.

He vows to be ready for training camp no matter where he is drafted and, in video supplied by his agent Mike McCartney, recently was timed running a 40-yard dash in the 4.6 range -- while wearing sneakers -- and his bench-press numbers continue to impress.

Mauti's repeated injuries give teams pause, while his character and dedication continue to win clubs over. Mauti first tore his ACL in 2009, making him a medical resdshirt that year. He suffered a shoulder injury the following season that caused him to miss time. Mauti was poised for a breakout season in 2011, but tore his other (left) ACL and is now recovering from a third ACL tear.

No one discounts Mauti's motor and love for the game, and if not for the repeated injuries he could be someone who would normally be selected on the second day of the draft. He comes from a strong football background -- a father who played in the league and the pedigree of Penn State linebackers over the years.

The Saints and the Steelers hosted Mauti for visits, and his video from his latest workouts should help his cause. He was considered by many to be one of the top 50 prospects in the draft if not for the injury concerns, and he should be in play during the middle rounds as someone teams could project for special teams and spot duty as a rookie before more regular playing time on defense in 2014.


Before joining CBS Sports, Jason La Canfora was the Washington Redskins beat writer for The Washington Post for six years and served as NFL Network's insider. The Baltimore native can be seen every Sunday during the season on The NFL Today.
 
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