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Mike Catapano, DE

School: Princeton  |  Conference: IVY
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Bayville, NY
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 271 lbs.
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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: Well-built with very good muscle definition and plays as strong as he looks, manhandling blockers and tossing them with ease. Plays fast at all times with a motor that never quits. Makes up for lack of great leverage with his hustle and effort. He always knows where the ball is, and it's only a matter of time before he gets there.

WEAKNESSES: Catapano isn't an elite athlete and lacks natural burst. Struggles to bend or win with leverage.

Player Overview

Catapano had several surgeries in high school and was mostly overlooked as a recruit, choosing Princeton over offers from several other Ivy League schools as well as Temple.

He developed himself into a pro prospect and had scouts making unscheduled pit stops on Princeton's campus last season as he was awarded the Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League's top devensive player. He also earned an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Catapano has some limitations, but he's a prospect you shouldn't bet against. He had several visits with NFL teams before the draft, some who worked him out at defensive end and others who wanted to see if he's a potential convert to outside linebacker.

He is seeking to become the first player from Princeton drafted since the Seattle Seahawks took offensive tackle Dennis Norman in the seventh round.

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03/29/2013 - 2013 Princeton Pro Day: At his pro day, Catapano (6-foot-3 7/8, 271 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds on each attempt. He had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-8 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.31 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.09 seconds. Catapano threw the bar up 33 times on the bench press (225 pounds). Catapano should be drafted relatively high, somewhere around the fourth or fifth rounds. His stiffest competition for being the first Ivy Leaguer selected in late April could come from Harvard fullback Kyle Juszczyk or Cornell receiver Luke Tasker (son of Buffalo Bills legend Steve Tasker).

The last time a player from Princeton was selected in the draft was in 2001, when the Seattle Seahawks took offensive tackle Dennis Norman in the seventh round. Princeton's most notable alum in the NFL is Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, who also was a quarterback for the team from 1993 to 1999. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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