2015 NFL DRAFT

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
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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

03/07/2013 - 2013 TCU Pro Day: TCU's top two NFL prospects this year are hopeful they'll hear their names called in the top-100 picks, but both wide receiver Josh Boyce and defensive end Stansly Maponga are dealing with foot injuries that could affect their draft stock.

With 28 teams in attendance at the Horned Frogs pro day on Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas, Boyce was forced to watch from the sidelines, but Maponga was able to work out. Dozens of scouts and NFL representatives were in attendance, including several positional coaches like the Eagles' wide receiver coach Bob Bicknell and the Steelers' linebacker coach Keith Butler.

Maponga was held out of combine drills in Indianapolis due to the foot injury, but decided to run on Thursday, performing well in the 40-yard dash (4.84, 4.85), short shuttle (4.37) and three-cone drill (7.38). He decided to stand on his bench press number from the combine (30 reps). Maponga revealed Thursday that he will "probably" need surgery soon due to a stress fracture in his left foot, the reason he wasn't able to work out in Indianapolis. He plans to get a second opinion and added that he had the same procedure done two years ago on his right foot. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/15/2013 - While shorter than scouts would prefer, Maponga -- like Fields and a host of prior Patterson-coached pass-rushers in recent years -- is a natural edge rusher. 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.

While the Zimbabwe-native Maponga has shown many of the traits talent evaluators look for in a pass rusher, the relative lack of success former TCU edge rushers (Jerry Hughes, Bo Schobel) have enjoyed in the NFL could give decision-makers pause on draft day. 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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/15/2013 - Just one day after TCU head coach Gary Patterson announced that talented quarterback Casey Pachall would be returning to the Horned Frogs from suspension, the team learned that arguably their best defensive player -- redshirt junior defensive end Stansly Maponga -- is heading to the NFL early. "I've decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft," tweeted Maponga. "Thanks for three great years at TCU. I'll always have y'all in my heart."

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 nine 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 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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/14/2013 - On Sunday afternoon TCU head coach Gary Patterson was not sure if he was going to lose defensive end Stansly Maponga to the NFL draft, but he sounded like the announcement was coming. On Monday afternoon, the announcement came. According to multiple reports, Maponga will skip his senior year to enter the draft.

GP told me all of the NFL scouts he has talked to said Maponga should stay in school for his senior year. There are nearly 20 quality defensive ends who are going to be available in this draft, and unless Maponga has a fantastic individual workout at TCU Pro Day, and/or NFL Combine, we are not talking about a first or second round pick. If you are not a first or a second round pick, the guaranteed money drops fast.

Maponga is listed as 6-foot-2, 265 pounds. That's a little on the light side for a defensive end. He may be moved to outside linebacker, but he has never played in coverage. It's a huge loss for TCU. Had he returned the Horned Frogs would have had Devonte Fields and Maponga as bookend rushers, easily the best pair in the Big 12. This smells like another kid who simply does not want to go to school, which is his right. - Mac Engel, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

12/29/2012 - Scouting the TCU pass defense: This too begins up front. The pressure TCU creates from its front line is steady. DE Stansly Maponga has battled injuries, but should be healthy for the bowl. DE Devonte Fields emerged as a pest in opposing backfields, leading the Big 12 in tackles for losses, including nine sacks. That effort allows the TCU secondary to gamble in coverage and the result was 21 interceptions, which led the league. CB Jason Verrett is a shutdown corner, while safeties Sam Carter, Elisha Olabode and Chris Hackett are all quick to recognize tendencies and also break on balls. - The Sports Xchange

12/10/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): Defensive Line: Stansly Maponga, TCU, 6-2, 265, Jr., Carrollton, Texas, has been selected Second Team All-Big 12 Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Maponga, the lone Horned Frog to be a preseason All-Big 12 choice, missed two games and parts of two others due to injury. He still totaled six tackles for loss, including 3 1/2 sacks, with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. - TCU football

12/10/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Stansly Maponga, TCU, Jr., Carrollton, Texas/Hebron, has been selected First Team All-Big 12 Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Maponga, the lone Horned Frog to be a preseason All-Big 12 choice, missed two games and parts of two others due to injury. He still totaled six tackles for loss, including 3 1/2 sacks, with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. - TCU football

09/16/2012 - DE Stansly Maponga was limited to just one tackle as the Kansas line did a nice job limiting the Frogs' rush specialist. The attention placed on Maponga, however, created other opportunities for TCU defenders, namely Hasley.

09/08/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Linebacker is a spot that causes some concerns, though the Horned Frogs should be improved in the secondary, which is a relief considering the ability of Big 12 opponents to throw the ball. Pressure applied by DE Stansly Maponga will be the featured strength of this unit, which will struggle to attain anything resembling the yardage allowances that enabled TCU to lead the country in total defense three consecutive seasons from 2008-10. Still, the defense figures to be formidable as long as newcomers fulfill their potential. - The Sports Xchange

08/01/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: STANSLY MAPONGA, TCU, has been selected a preseason candidate for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award's winner. Maponga, a preseason All-Big 12 selection, also appears on watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Rotary Lombardi Award. He was tabbed by Dave Campbell's Texas Football as the State's Best Defensive Lineman. TCU two-time consensus first-team All-American Jerry Hughes was the 2009 recipient of the Ted Hendricks Award. A junior from Carrollton, Texas, Maponga was one of four players nationally last season to rank in the top 10 in forced fumbles (five) and top 20 in sacks (nine). He led TCU in tackles for loss (13 1/2), sacks (nine), forced fumbles (five) and fumble recoveries (two). Maponga topped all linemen and ranked sixth on TCU with 55 total tackles. His five forced fumbles were the most by a Horned Frog since Hughes led the nation with six in 2008. - TCU football

07/22/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL TEAM (MEDIA): DL Stansly Maponga, TCU, Jr/2L,...Maponga has been named to watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Rotary Lombardi Award. He was also tabbed by Dave Campbell's Texas Football as the State's Best Defensive Lineman. A junior from Carrollton, Texas, Maponga was one of four players nationally last season to rank in the top 10 in forced fumbles (five) and top 20 in sacks (nine). He led TCU in tackles for loss (13 1/2), sacks (nine), forced fumbles (five) and fumble recoveries (two). Maponga topped all linemen and ranked sixth on TCU with 55 total tackles. His five forced fumbles were the most by a Horned Frog since Hughes led the nation with six in 2008. - TCU football

07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Stansly Maponga, DE, TCU, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Maponga was one of four players nationally last season to rank in the top 10 in forced fumbles (five) and top 20 in sacks (nine). He topped TCU in tackles for loss (13 1/2), sacks (nine), forced fumbles (five) and fumble recoveries (two). A junior from Carrollton, Texas, Maponga led all linemen and ranked sixth on TCU with 55 total tackles. His five forced fumbles were the most by a Horned Frog since Hughes led the nation with six in 2008. Maponga was tabbed last month by Dave Campbell's Texas Football as the State's Best Defensive Lineman. - TCU football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Stansly Maponga, DE, TCU, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. Maponga, a first-team all-conference selection last season, was one of four players nationally to rank in the top 10 in forced fumbles (five) and top 20 in sacks (nine). He topped TCU in tackles for loss (13 1/2), sacks (nine), forced fumbles (five) and fumble recoveries (two). A junior from Carrollton, Texas, Maponga led all linemen and ranked sixth on TCU with 55 total tackles. His five forced fumbles were the most by a Horned Frog since Jerry Hughes led the nation with six in 2008. - TCU football

07/13/2012 - Top-five TCU prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. DE/OLB Stansly Maponga (6-2, 265)...Under 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. While perhaps too short to remain at defensive end for some clubs at the next level, Maponga has shown natural pass rush skills. The native of Zimbabwe racked up 55 tackles, including 13.5 for loss, as well as nine sacks and five forced fumbles -- the most from a TCU defender since former first round pick Jerry Hughes led the country with six in 2008. Maponga has a quick burst upfield, the lateral agility to evade slower-footed offensive linemen and the quick hands necessary to slap away their attempts to block him, as well as knock the ball free from unsuspecting quarterbacks. Having already earned all-conference honors after each of his two starting seasons with the Horned Frogs since redshirting in 2010, Maponga could be on the verge of All-American consideration should he continue to develop as a redshirt junior. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Stansly Maponga, TCU, DE, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. Maponga was one of four players nationally last season to rank in the top 10 in forced fumbles (five) and top 20 in sacks (nine). He topped TCU in tackles for loss (13 1/2), sacks (nine), forced fumbles (five) and fumble recoveries (two). A junior from Carrollton, Texas, Maponga led all linemen and ranked sixth on TCU with 55 total tackles. His five forced fumbles were the most by a Horned Frog since Jerry Hughes led the nation with six in 2008. Maponga was tabbed last month by Dave Campbell's Texas Football as the State's Best Defensive Lineman. - TCU football

 
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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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