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Curt Maggitt, OLB

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

Combine 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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09/14/2015 - Tennessee loses defensive anchor Curt Maggitt to freakish injury...Losing Saturday's game vs. Oklahoma after leading 17-0 was bad enough. It turns out losing one of your best defenders from an already injury-depleted defense is even worse. Butch Jones announced Monday that Tennessee star linebacker Curt Maggitt will be out indefinitely after suffering a hip injury in the loss to the Sooners. Per GoVols247's Wes Rucker, Jones called the injury one of the most "freakish" he has seen in coaching. Maggitt was injured on an Oklahoma punt in the first half. Maggitt is still being evaluated and Jones did not establish a timetable for his return, saying only that the senior would be out an "extended" period of time.

The loss is another major blow for a Tennessee defense that's already lost two starters to injury and another through suspension. Safety LaDarrell McNeil is attempting to recover from a neck injury, but nickelback Rashaan Gaulden is out for the season and defensive tackle Danny O'Brien remains indefinitely suspended. Maggitt's loss might be as painful as all of the above combined, however. An All-SEC candidate who led Tennessee with 11 sacks a year ago and finished second in tackles-for-loss, Maggitt was one of the defense's unquestioned leaders and might have been the closest thing the Vols front seven had to an anchor. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com



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