STRENGTHS: Broad-shouldered, country-strong defensive lineman whose versatility is sure to intrigue scouts operating for 4-3 and 3-4 teams alike. Lined up predominately at defensive end for the Cardinal but also saw action inside as a defensive tackle and even on the nose. Possesses good initial quickness off the snap and is very powerful, using his long arms and strong hands to stonewall would-be blockers and often shed them to be in position to make a play at the point of attack. Physical tackler who arrives with a thud and wraps his arms securely for the reliable take-down. Alert defender who gets his hands into passing lanes. High effort player who hustles down the line of scrimmage in an effort to make the play. Projects best as a five-technique defensive end. WEAKNESSES: Steadily improved throughout his collegiate career but may be maxed out athletically-speaking. Surrounded by a lot of talent and was not the focus of opponents' blocking schemes. Offers little as a traditional pass rusher. While quick, strong and determined, does not possess the top-end speed or the flexibility to turn the corner and close in a flash. COMPARES TO: Brett Keisel, Steelers -- Don't count on Mauro for blinding speed off the edge but his size, strength and toughness could make him a dependable five-technique defensive end, like the Steelers' Keisel. --Rob Rang (1/14/14)
The Hurst, Texas native played tight end in addition to defensive end, linebacker and quarterback during his stellar career at L.D. Bell High School.After redshirting in 2009, Mauro saw action in nine games as a reserve in 2010, posting seven tackles on the season. As a reserve who played in all 13 games the following season, Mauro finished his redshirt sophomore season with just four tackles, but did collect a pair of sacks.He emerged as a key contributor in 2012, registering 6.0 sacks and 19 tackles, including 5.0 for loss. Mauro caped his career earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors as a senior, and was selected to the East-West Shrine Game after finishing with 51 tackles, 12.5 for loss, 4.0 sacks, an interception, a pass break up, two passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the Seattle Seahawks' draft radar: DE Josh Mauro, Stanford: By re-signing Tony McDaniel, the Seahawks may have their replacement for Bryant at the five-technique position already on the roster. McDaniel has the size and strength to handle the double-teams that come with this role but the Seahawks may be looking for reinforcements, as well as the grit and toughness Bryant demonstrated in Seattle. At 6-foot-6, 280 pounds, Mauro isn't quite as big as McDaniel or Bryant but he's strong, tough and versatile after lining up virtually all over Stanford's three-man front. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com