The NFL Combine is still underway in Indianapolis but the workout portions are now in the books for the four Penn State players who made the trip to work out and interview for potential NFL jobs. Linebacker Gerald Hodges appears to have had the best overall workout performance among the Nittany Lions, but defensive tackle Jordan Hill and offensive lineman Matt Stankiewitch should still feel OK about their potential draft stock. And what can you say about linebacker Michael Mauti and the way he took control of the one workout he was able to participate in?
Mauti is still in the recovery phase from that ACL injury from last November, so running and jumping were out of the mix in Indianapolis. So Mauti made sure to go in to beast mode on the bench press work out and walked away with the third best rep total among linebackers. Assuming he impressed in any potential interviews with NFL teams, this should have been a solid trip for Mauti as he looks to remain a potential second day draft pick.
Our friends over at Optimum Scouting currently have Mauti ranked sixth overall among inside linebackers (4th round grade). National Football Post has Mauti as the 12th best outside linebacker (4th round grade). I see Mauti more as an inside linebacker given his injury history. I think it slows him down and makes him more suitable for inside coverage.no comments