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2015 NFL DRAFT

Mike Catapano, DE

School: Princeton  |  Conference: IVY
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Bayville, NY
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 271 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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246197
LATEST NEWS
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

03/29/2013 - 2013 Princeton Pro Day: Mike Catapano of Princeton might be first Ivy Leaguer drafted...The pro day held at Princeton on March 20 featured the player who turn wind up being the first Ivy Leaguer selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. Defensive end Mike Catapano was one of three Tigers players who worked out outdoors on FieldTurf in front of representatives from 15 NFL teams, including Jay Hayes, the defensive line coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Catapano had private workouts on March 26 with the Philadelphia Eagles - who worked him out as an outside linebacker - and the Minnesota Vikings - who worked him out as a defensive lineman. Coming out of high school, Catapano - who then weighed 215 pounds - was offered scholarships to every Ivy League school, plus Temple. Ultimately, Catapano went to Princeton and capped his college career with as a Bushnell Cup recepient - for the Ivy League's top defensive player - and an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

12/10/2012 - Following his brilliant senior season, when he ranked second nationally in sacks and took home the Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, Mike Catapano learned more good news. He will play one more game representing Princeton University. Catapano has been selected to play in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game on January 19, 2013, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The longest-running college football all-star game, which was first played in 1925, the East-West Shrine Game serves as both a showcase for the next generation of NFL greats and a priceless benefit event for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Catapano earned unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team. He led the Ivy League with 12 sacks and ended the regular season ranked second in the Football Championship Subdivision with 1.2 sacks per game. He ranked second in the Ivy League in tackles for loss with 15.5, which was only a half tackle off the League lead, and ranked ninth nationally in that category. The two-year co-captain ended the season with 41 tackles, and he had five games with at least two tackles for loss, as well as five games with at least five tackles.

Catapano was at his best in Ivy League competition, when he led Princeton to its biggest turnaround in more than two decades. He had multiple sacks in four of the seven Ivy games and had at least half a sack in six games. He added five pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles during the season. After the Tigers were the seventh-ranked defense in the Ivy League in 2011, Catapano helped Princeton improve to the third-best scoring defense in 2012. Princeton produced its first winning season in Ivy League play since 2006 and remained in the championship hunt until the final Saturday. - Princeton football

12/04/2012 - 2012 IVY LEAGUE ASA S. BUSHNELL CUP AWARD WINNER (DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR): Catapano (Bayville, N.Y.) completed a dominant season on the Princeton defensive line, earning unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team. He led the Ivy League with 12 sacks and ended the regular season ranked second in the Football Championship Subdivision with 1.2 sacks per game. He ranked second in the Ivy League in tackles for loss with 15.5, which was only a half tackle off the League lead, and ranked ninth nationally in that category. The two-year co-captain ended the season with 41 tackles, and he had five games with at least two tackles for loss, as well as five games with at least five tackles.

Catapano was at his best in Ivy League competition, when he led Princeton to its biggest turnaround in more than two decades. He had multiple sacks in four of the seven Ivy games and had at least half a sack in six games. He added five pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles during the season. After the Tigers were the seventh-ranked defense in the Ivy League in 2011, Catapano helped Princeton improve to the third-best scoring defense in 2012. Princeton produced its first winning season in Ivy League play since 2006 and remained in the championship hunt until the final Saturday. - Ivy League football

10/22/2012 - Backup quarterback Quinn Epperly's 36-yard touchdown pass to Roman Wilson with 13 seconds remaining lifted Princeton to a 39-34 win Saturday over Harvard, capping a 29-point fourth quarter for the Tigers and snapping the Crimson's nation-leading 14-game winning streak. Epperly took over after Connor Michelsen, who had thrown three straight touchdown passes, left the game following a sack midway through the 90-yard drive. The victory gave Princeton sole possession of first place in the Ivy League. The Tigers (4-2, 3-0) overcame a career day by Harvard's Colton Chapple, who threw for a school-record 448 yards and tied his own mark of five touchdowns. Trailing 34-10 with 13:02 left, Michelson threw a 7-yard TD to Dre Nelson, a 29-yarder to Matt Costello and a 20-yarder to Seth DeValve, closing the gap to 34-32. Princeton won its fourth straight game and ended a five-game losing streak against the Crimson (5-1, 2-1). - AP Sports

10/10/2012 - OCT 8 IVY LEAGUE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Princeton defensive lineman Mike Catapano (Bayville, N.Y.) continued his brilliant start to the season with eight tackles, including three for loss, and 2.5 sacks in the Tigers' 35-14 win at Lafayette. Catapano anchored a Princeton defense held Lafayette to only 192 offensive yards and off the scoreboard until the Leopards put together two scoring drives (of 150 yards total) late in the game. - Ivy League football

 
LATEST NEWS
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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