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2016 NFL DRAFT

Curt Maggitt, OLB

School: Tennessee  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 256 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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120103-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Though Maggitt often lines up at as a 4-3 defensive end for the Vols, he looks best suited to a stand-up edge rusher role in the 3-4 or as a traditional strong-side linebacker. Maggitt possesses an NFL-ready build with good overall musculature. As a rusher, he's quick off the snap, showing enough burst to cross the face of tackles.

Though his statistics indicate that Maggitt is at his best rushing the quarterback, he's a stout run defender, as well. He aggressively takes on lead blockers (fullbacks or linemen) in the hole, showing enough sand in his pants to anchor effectively and force backs to adjust. His physicality also shows up in pass coverage, where Maggitt gets a strong initial jam on tight ends and backs and shows enough agility and balance to drop into coverage.

WEAKNESSES: May lack the frame to handle much more weight. Does not possess sustained speed nor the flexibility to scrape the corner and close in a flash on the quarterback. Often he wins as a pass rusher because of a strong bull rush and simple tenacity.

IN OUR VIEW: Maggitt has the production every scout is looking for but he does come with some 'tweener traits that could make him one of the more heavily scrutinized players in the country this fall.

--Rob Rang (9/1/15)

Player Overview

On a defense with lots of burgeoning NFL talent, Maggitt stands out because of his production, versatility and leadership.

Maggitt (rhymes with "legit") has been standing out for the Vols since his true freshman campaign when he finished tied for third on the team with 56 stops despite starting just eight games. Unfortunately, injuries have limited his production since, forcing him to miss the entire 2013 season as he recovered from a torn ACL. Maggitt returned with a vengeance last year, pacing the Vols (and ranking third in the SEC) with 11 sacks, with 15 of his 48 tackles coming behind the line of scrimmage.

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03/26/2014 - The leader of Tennessee's football team is a guy who didn't play at all last year. Junior linebacker Curt Maggitt tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in November 2012. His last appearance in a game precedes second-year coach Butch Jones' arrival on campus. But that hasn't stopped Maggitt from making an impact. "He's our leader," Jones said. "He's the one who has everyone's respect. When Curt Maggitt talks, everybody listens." Jones has described Maggitt as the heart and soul of Tennessee's team. Maggitt, who says he's finally back at full strength, now wants to be described as a playmaker. "I'm feeling better and better," Maggitt said.

Maggitt started each of his first two seasons at Tennessee and developed a reputation as one of the defense's top big-play performers, but he battled a variety of injuries his sophomore year. He was having arguably his best game of the 2012 season against Missouri when he tore his ACL. The injury sidelined him longer than he expected. During the start of preseason camp last August, Maggitt indicated he was cautiously optimistic he'd be ready for the start of the season. As it turned out, he never played at all. By midseason, Maggitt and Jones agreed a redshirt was the best option for him. "I was really trying to feel it out in the first three to four games and I just didn't feel like myself," Maggitt said. "I think probably the fourth or fifth game, I sat down and talked with Coach Jones. That's the hardest decision I've made." - AP Sports

 

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