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Aaron Maybin

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 249 | College: Penn State
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Listed second on the depth chart behind Maurice Evans at left defensive end, Maybin was thrust into the starting lineup the third game of his junior season. Coaches were looking to spark a unit hit by graduation, suspensions and injuries and felt that the youngster would be given an audition to see if he could ignite the pass rush.

And spark the defense he did.

Maybin became the 93rd Penn State player to earn All-American first-team honors, the 76th athlete from the Joe Paterno era to receive that honor. The legendary coach has seen at least one of his players earn All-American accolades in 38 of his 43 seasons as head coach.

Maybin finished the 2008 season leading the Big Ten Conference and ranking seventh in the nation with 12 quarterback sacks. That total tied for fifth-best on the school single-season list. His 20 stops behind the line of scrimmage rank as the sixth-highest season total by a Nittany Lion. The left end also registered at least one tackle for loss in all 13 games in which he played.

Many Penn State fans thought they were seeing the rise of their team's next great defensive presence. But the 230-pounder felt that after just one season as a starter and two campaigns with the varsity, that he was ready to test his wares in the NFL.

Becoming a force to be reckoned with is not something new for Maybin. At Mount Hebron High School, he earned 2005 Baltimore Sun All-Metro team, second-team big school All-State and first-team All-Howard County accolades. As a junior, he produced 79 tackles with nine sacks, followed by ten sacks and 80 tackles in his final season.

During his first collegiate season, he redshirted, performing on the scout team at Penn State in 2006. He saw action in 13 games in '07 as a reserve defensive end. He managed only 12 tackles (eight solo), but four of them were quarterback sacks, as he also caused one fumble and deflected a third-down pass.

The 2008 season opened with Maybin playing with the second unit. He took over left end duties vs. Syracuse, going on to start ten of the team's next 11 contests. He had at least one tackle behind the line of scrimmage in every game in which he played. The All-Big Ten Conference choice and Ted Hendricks Award finalist also registered at least one sack in 10 games, caused three fumbles and ranked sixth on the team with 49 tackles.


Positives: Tall with a frame to add a needed 10-15 pounds of muscle in his upper body. Superior quickness off the snap on wide rushes. Combines speed and length to challenge offensive tackles in passing situations. Very good straight-line speed to chase plays down the line or hustle downfield. Keeps cut blocks off his knees, recovers and maintains balance. Great length and vertical to affect passing lanes. Dropped into zone coverage often, got into his zone in a hurry when decisive. Breaks down in space and can change direction in the backfield to handle cutbacks and misdirection. Improving his hand usage as a pass rusher.

Negatives: A bit thin in the hips and might not grow into a defensive end build. Does not always use his length to get off offensive tackle or tight end blocks. Lacks the strength to bull rush. Runs stiff and upright, looks much better straight-ahead than laterally. Doesn't turn the corner as fast as you'd like because of his inflexible lower body. Needs more pass-rush moves. Always runs straight up the field, allowing tackles to direct him around the pocket. Demoted to backup status during the week of the Rose Bowl for undisclosed reasons.

Compares To: PARYS HARALSON, San Francisco -- Maybin could eventually develop into another Chad Brown (Colorado; Pittsburgh Steelers) at the next level, but the NFL's love for pass rushers, rather than looking at the "complete" picture has spelled doom and gloom for a lot of teams taking "tweeners" early in the draft. Undersized defensive ends often fail to adjust to life as outside linebackers. Could Maybin be the next flash in the pan? If used strictly as an edge rusher, he brings good value, but that is not why teams pay a hefty price to ink a first-round pick.

Scouting Report


GRADE: 6.40

Body Structure: Maybin has a lean, angular frame, but shows good upper- and lower-body muscle definition. He is most comfortable playing at 235-240 pounds, but has added bulk since the end of the 2008 season and feels that he has the frame that can carry additional bulk (will basically build to suit, depending if he is asked to play linebacker or rush end). He has a good bubble, quadriceps and calves, long arms, broad shoulders and tight waist.

Athletic Ability: Maybin comes off the snap with good explosion. He has the athletic burst from the edge to surprise slower blockers and shows a fluid stride closing in the backfield. He runs with good body lean. Has a light frame for a defensive end, but can carry additional bulk. He does not show the hip snap you look for in a linebacker and could struggle getting good depth in his pass drops. If moved to a stand-up position, he has just marginal lateral agility working down the line, relying more on his straight-line burst to angle to the quarterback. Still, for a defensive end, he shows quickness, good foot speed, fine balance, but only marginal change-of-direction skills. He generates a good push off the line on the pass rush. He is a swift-moving player into the backfield, but not as good when working his way down the line. GRADE: 7.5

Football Sense: Maybin lacks experience, technique and displays just adequate awareness. He gets a bit reckless in his play and struggles quite a bit to recognize and then split double teams. He sifts out the ball at the line of scrimmage, but lacks awareness in pass coverage. He is slow to react to the thrown ball and while he can retain plays, he needs more than a few reps to do so. He just gets by as a student. GRADEL 5.5

Character: Maybin is liked by teammates and has been involved in community activity. He has no known off-field issues, but created quite a media buzz at the Rose Bowl practices, as he was banned by the coaching staff from taking part in media day. He also was made to practice with the second team for disciplinary reasons. GRADE-6.2

Competitiveness: Maybin shows good toughness, but needs to play with more consistency and aggressiveness. He struggles to shed, lacks discipline on the field and at this stage of his game, his best value is just as a pass rusher. Even so, he lacks an array of moves, outside of his initial burst. He has great energy when roaming the field, but has to show better effort stepping up to take on the block. He needs to add more bulk and strength to combat the offensive tackles. He might show hustle coming off the edge and good aggression, but is too slow to react in passing situations. GRADE: 6.3

Work Habits: Maybin is respected by teammates and the staff calls him coachable. He works hard in the training room, but might not have the frame to bulk up considerably to play defensive end. He is a one-dimensional player who does not show the field smarts needed to be efficient in pass coverage as an outside linebacker. He is very determined to get to the quarterback and he shows great desire in pursuit. GRADE: 6.5


GRADE: 6.44

Key and Diagnostic Skills: Maybin shows good snap anticipation and wrap-up tackling technique, using his arms well to try and dislodge the QB or runner from the ball. He is alert to backside movement, but does have problems reacting to blocking schemes when working in-line. He needs to avoid double-team blocks and lacks the sand in his pants to split tandem blocking. He plays with a good motor, but has to perform with better discipline, as he doesn't have the loose hips to recover when he overruns the play. He shows better instincts and awareness coming off the edge than when working inside the box, but struggles some locating the ball in pass coverage. He has a nose for the ball in pursuit, but has to show that he can readily adjust on the move playing down the line. GRADE: 6.4

Playing Strength and Explosion: Maybin shows good explosion and suddenness coming off the snap. He closes with a quick burst and is comfortable working in space. He lacks pass rush technique, but his speed coming off the edge will generally surprise an offensive tackle. He shows good bend coming off the corner and keeps his hands active while displaying the quick feet to execute double moves. He has adequate playing strength but cannot stack and control in isolated situations. He fails to generate much pop with his hands. He is best when he tries to slip past tackles rather than engaging. He needs to spend some extra hours in the weight room to increase his bulk and strength. GRADE: 6.2

Lateral Pursuit/Range: This is one area of concern, if he is to move to outside linebacker. As you can see from his shuttle and three-cone drills, he might have decent numbers for a down lineman, but they would be in the bottom of the rankings among outside linebackers. He has good straight-line suddenness, but does not have the body torque or hip snap to suddenly redirect or generate suddenness working down the line than he can when just firing off the edge. He gets too tall and erect when trying to change direction, as he lacks fluidity in his hips. When he uses his hands, he can get balance to thread through traffic. GRADE: 5.5

Use of Hands: Maybin shows good hand usage to press, lock out and keep separation when trying to disengage from tight ends or lead blockers, but gets pushed back often when combating offensive linemen. He has the long arms to protect his legs from low blocks on the corner, but for some reason, loses sight of the same type of blocker when working in-line. He is quick to get his hands on the tight ends in attempts to reroute. He does a good job of stepping up and taking on the lead block, but reverts to giving a shoulder, causing him to get washed out of the play. When he gets good hand placement, he can control, get off the block and attack the ball. Will time his leaps and get his hands up to extend and knock down the ball when working near the line. GRADE: 6.8

Tackling Ability: Maybin is an efficient wrap-up tackler who has the long reach-around agility to dislodge runners from the ball. He will square up and wrap, generating good explosion taking out the outside leg of a runner. He just struggles to shed when taking on bigger blockers. Wraps up and makes secure tackles on the move. Has the functional strength to drag down the ballcarrier working on the outside and when he collides with the opponent, he hits with a thud. He does a good job maintaining his base when meeting blockers head on, but must add some bulk, as the larger blockers can stymie him. GRADE: 6.9

Run Defense: When he keeps his pads down, Maybin can get under and around the blocker with ease. When he gets too tall in his stance and drops his hands, he is quickly engulfed. He has the burst to wreak havoc in the backfield and the speed to take the wide loop needed to avoid. Won't win physical battles with an offensive lineman. He has good stacking ability vs. smaller blockers, but offensive linemen have great success containing him, once they get a piece of his jersey. GRADE: 6.4

Pass Defense: Maybin appears to have the quickness to run with backs and tight ends, showing good quickness and speed in the short area. When asked to drop into coverage, he is too choppy in his backpedal to recover and stay on the hip of the receiver. His marginal hip flexibility is seen through his drop, as he needs to gather before accelerating. He also seems to lack ball anticipation ability when playing away from the line (fails to locate the ball quickly). GRADE: 5.6

Zone Defense: Maybin is not used much to cover outside the short area. He is better in man coverage. He can read the bootleg, but is sometimes slow to react. He needs to be more aware of the play in order to get a good jump on the ball, but is improving. GRADE: 5.4

Pass Rush and Blitz: Maybin's explosive first step is what makes him a quality pass rusher. He comes off the snap with suddenness and when he gets a clear lane, can zero in on the QB in an instant. He has enough balance to sniff out screen passes and can get to the flat. He struggles too much shooting the gaps, as he lacks strength and moves to beat the double team (spin move). If not for marginal hip snap and just adequate change-of-direction agility, he would be an ideal outside 'backer in a 3-4 due to his blitzing and pass-rush ability off the edge. He runs with a quick burst to close on the quarterback and shows very good timing to get a jump on the blitz. His quickness and athletic agility lets him flush the quarterback out of the pocket and he shows good urgency getting to the ball. Because he lacks ideal power, he needs to develop a much better array of moves (rip, swim, club) to get leverage. GRADE: 8.8

Compares To: PARYS HARALSON, San Francisco -- Maybin could eventually develop into another Chad Brown (Colorado; Pittsburgh Steelers) at the next level, but the NFL's love for pass rushers, rather than looking at the "complete" picture has spelled doom and gloom for a lot of teams taking "tweeners" early in the draft. Undersized defensive ends often fail to adjust to life as outside linebackers. Could Maybin be the next flash in the pan? If used strictly as an edge rusher, he brings good value, but that is not why teams pay a hefty price to ink a first-round pick.


--Report by Dave-Te Thomas

Career Notes

Maybin started 10-of-26 games during his Penn State career, recording 61 tackles (38 solo) with 16 sacks for minus-110 yards, the 14th-highest total in a career by a Nittany Lion … Added 24.5 stops for losses of 128 yards and one quarterback pressure … Caused four fumbles and deflected four passes … His 12.0 sacks in 2008 tied Larry Kubin (1978) for fifth on the school season-record list behind Kubin's 1979 total of 15, Michael Haynes (15.0 in 2002), Courtney Brown (13.5 in 1999) and Maurice Evans (12.5 in 2007) … His 20.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage in 2008 tied LaVar Arrington (1999) and Bruce Clark (1978) for sixth on Penn State's annual record books, surpassed by Courtney Brown (29.0 in 1999, 23.0 in 1998), Michael Haynes (23.0 in 2002), Larry Kubin (23.0 in 1979) and Maurice Evans (21.5 in 2007).

2008 Season

Maybin took over left defensive end duties in the season's third game vs. Syracuse, starting 10 of the team's next 11 games … Selected to the All-American first-team by the Associated Press, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), CBSSports.com and CollegeFootballNews.com … Named a second-team All-American by The NFL Draft Report and The Sporting News … Chosen NCAA Defensive Player of the Year by the Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C … The Walter Camp honor was announced at the ESPNU/Home Depot College Football Awards Show, where Maybin was one of three finalists for the Bednarik Award, presented to the nation's top defensive player … Was among the six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, becoming the third Nittany Lion in four years to be named a finalist for the honor … Became the 93rd player in school history and 76th from the Joe Paterno era to earn first-team All-American accolades … Ranked seventh in the nation, as the All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice led the league with an average of 0.92 quarterbacks sacks per game, totaling 12 sacks for minus-78 yards … Finished third in the conference and tied for eighth nationally with an average of 1.54 tackles for loss per game … Led the Lions with 20.0 stops for losses totaling 94 yards … Ranked sixth on the squad with 49 tackles (30 solo), adding one pressure, three forced fumbles and three pass deflections … Had at least one tackle behind the line of scrimmage in each of the 13 games he played in, including at least one sack in 10 contests … On 43 running plays he was involved in, he held the opposition to minus-35 yards on the ground (minus-0.81 ypc), as he stopped those runners for no gain five times, in addition to his 20 hits behind the line of scrimmage … The opposition completed 3-of-7 passes into his area for 41 yards … Made a pair of solo tackles on the kickoff coverage unit … Delivered 12 third-down stops, including 10 against the run, as he also made two fourth-down tackles … Allowed just three first downs rushing and two more receiving for the season.

2008 Game Analysis

Coastal Carolina … Maybin came off the bench in the season opener to post five tackles (4 solos) that included a pair of sacks and a pass deflection … Sacked QB Zach MacDowell for a 3-yard loss in the second quarter and clobbered Will Richardson on a fourth quarter 7-yard sack … Head to Head Competition-OT#78-Britt Leggett (6:06-290).

Oregon State … The junior had just three tackles (2 solos) in reserve duty, but one stop was an 8-yard sack of QB Lyle Moevao at midfield with 4:52 left in the game … Head to Head Competition-OT#50-Mike Remmers (6:04-283).

Syracuse … In his first career start, Maybin responded with just two tackles, but one stopped tailback Doug Hogue for no gain on a third-&-1 carry and the other sacked QB Cam Dantley for minus 4 yards, forcing 'Cuse to punt late in the first stanza … Head to Head Competition-OT#64-Corey Chavers (6:05-299).

Temple … Maybin registered five solo tackles that included two sacks and three stops for losses totaling 18 yards … One of his sacks, a 10-yarder of QB Adam DiMichele, came on a third-&-13 snap, forcing a Temple punt after their first possession … Head to Head Competition-OT#71-Jabari Ferguson (6:05-303).

Illinois … Maybin had a string of at least one sack in a game snapped at four, but he came up with seven tackles (2 solos), including one that stopped Daniel Dufrene for a 3-yard loss on a second quarter screen pass … He also tackled QB Juice Williams for no gain on a fourth-&-2 bootleg in the third frame … Head to Head Competition-OT#71-Jeff Allen (6:04-317).

Wisconsin … The red-shirt sophomore totaled six tackles (5 solos) with two sacks, 3.5 stops for losses of 15 yards and a pressure, as he also caused two fumbles and broke up a pass … QB Allan Evridge was sacked for a 1-yard loss on third-&-8, leading to an early first quarter Wisconsin punt … He stripped the ball from Evridge on a 2-yard bootleg, setting up a 2-yard scoring run by PSU's Darryl Clark with 1:24 left in the first half … His late third quarter pressure QB Dustin Sherer caused an interception and he later caused Sherer when he sacked the passer for a 12-yard loss on a fourth-&-11 snap in the fourth frame … Head to Head Competition-OT#71-Eric VanderHeuvel (6:07-321).

Michigan … Maybin followed with four tackles (2 solos) … He caused a fumble when he sacked QB Steven Threet on a third-&-5 snap, as PSU recovered the ball, leading to a Nittany Lions 1-yard touchdown run by QB Darryl Clark … Head to Head Competition-OT#52-Steve Schilling (6:05-296).

Ohio State … It was a quiet day for Maybin, who made just two tackles, but one was a 9-yard sack of QB Terrelle Pryor at midfield with 0:33 left in the first half … Head to Head Competition-OT#70-Bryant Browning (6:04-312).

Iowa … Maybin did not start for the first time since the second game of the season, as his only tackle came in the third quarter, taking down tailback Shonn Greene for a 3-yard loss … Head to Head Competition-OT#60-Kyle Calloway (6:07-305).

Indiana … Back in the starting lineup, the left end delivered five tackles (2 solos), including a 6-yard sack of QB Kellen Lewis at the start of the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition-OT#68-Mike Stark (6:07-292).

Southern California (Rose Bowl) … Maybin closed out his career on a sour note, as he had four tackles (3 solos), including one that stopped tailback Joe McKnight for a 2-yard loss at the start of the second quarter … He thought he had caused a fumble on an 8-yard sack of QB Mark Sanchez, but Maybin was penalized for jumping offside, negating the play and USC would go on to score … Head to Head Competition-OT#68-Butch Lewis (6:05-288).

2007 Season

Earned Freshman All-Big Ten Conference honors from The Sporting News … Appeared in all thirteen games as a reserve defensive end … Recorded twelve tackles (8 solos) with four sacks for minus 32 yards and 4.5 stops for losses of 34 yards … Caused a fumble and broke up one pass … Participated in 280 plays.

2007 Game Analysis

In the season-opener vs. Florida International, Maybin recorded his first career sack, good for 10 yards, and had two solo stops in his first collegiate game … Brought Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen to the turf for an eight-yard loss in the 31-10 win … Recorded two sacks for minus-14 yards in the 27-7 win over Iowa and shared a tackle for loss vs. Buffalo … Made two hits in the primetime meeting with Ohio State.

2006 Season

Redshirted as a freshman, competing as a 230-pound defensive end on the scout team.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.

Agility Tests

Combine: 4.78 in the 40-yard dash … 1.57 10-yard dash … 2.68 20-yard dash … 4.38 20-yard shuttle … 7.52 three-cone drill … 38-inch vertical jump … 10'4" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times.

Campus: 4.64 in the 40-yard dash … 1.54 10-yard dash … 2.66 20-yard dash … 4.0-inch vertical jump … 10'10" broad jump.

High School

Attended Mount Hebron (Ellicott City, Md.) High School, playing football for head coach Larry Luthe … Earned 2005 Baltimore Sun All-Metro team, second-team big school All-State and first-team All-Howard County accolades … As a junior, he produced 79 tackles with nine sacks, followed by 10 sacks and 80 tackles in his final season … Participated in drama programs and did volunteer work.


Enrolled in the College of Communications … Born Aaron Michael Maybin on 4/06/88 … Resides in Ellicott City, Maryland.


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