Stansly Maponga, DE

School: TCU  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Carrolton, TX
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 256 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
273217-FA

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Natural edge rusher who displayed natural pass rush skills. He is quick off the snap, shows good flexibility to react to cut blocks and is more stout at the point of attack than his size might indicate due to his natural leverage advantage and good upper strength. Maponga also shows strong, active hands, which he uses well to defeat blocks and knock the ball free. He has forced seven fumbles over the past two seasons.

WEAKNESSES: Too short to remain at defensive end for some NFL schemes. The lack of success former TCU edge rushers (Jerry Hughes, Bo Schobel) have enjoyed in the NFL could give decision-makers pause on draft day.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Under coach Gary Patterson and defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas, the Horned Frogs have consistently ranked among the country's stoutest units. Much of that stems from their consistent ability to create pressure on the quarterback, which is Maponga's specialty.

The 6-2, 265-pound Maponga wasn't the consistent dominating presence in 2012 that he'd proven to be during a breakout sophomore campaign. The focus of every opponent's blocking scheme, Maponga was frequently double-teamed and struggled with a nagging leg injury which forced him to miss two full games and half of another. As a result, Maponga's numbers dropped significantly across the board.

After posting 55 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks in 2011, his numbers dropped to "just" 26 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and four sacks this past season. While Maponga's numbers slipped, he was also overshadowed by the development of true freshman Devonte Fields, who capitalized on single blocking to earn the Big 12's AP Defensive Player of the Year honors with 18.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

Regardless, the drop in production didn't dissuade Maponga from making the leap to the NFL.

"I've decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft," Maponga tweeted Jan. 15 in announcing he would leave TCU a year early. "Thanks for three great years at TCU. I'll always have y'all in my heart."

While shorter than scouts would prefer, Maponga -- like Fields and a host of prior Gary Patterson-coached pass-rushers in recent years -- is a natural edge rusher. Maponga will have to ease scouts' concerns about the health of his leg and is electing to enter a draft class already loaded with plenty of intriguing hybrid pass-rushers.

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03/08/2013 - 2013 TCU Pro Day: A total of 10 players from the 2012 TCU team worked out for representatives from 29 NFL teams, including Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive assistant coach Jerry Olsavsky and Miami Dolphins linebackers coach George Edwards. Stansly Maponga, DE (6-foot-1 7/8, 251 pounds) - Maponga ran the 40-yard dash in 4.81 and 4.84 seconds. He had a 4.37-second short shuttle and a 7.30-second three-cone drill. He left 29 1/2 inches in the vertical jump and had a 9-foot-6 broad jump. Maponga played defensive end in college, but is also being worked out at linebacker (as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 base defense). The NFL linebackers coaches present worked out Maponga. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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