There were high hopes in Buffalo for Bills' first-round pick Aaron Maybin, but after missing training camp due to a holdout, Maybin finished with just 18 tackles and zero sacks in his freshman campaign. BWI caught up with Maybin about his 'Celebration of the Arts' event last weekend, and also got...[details]
The Good: An explosive quick-twitch athlete who coils up well into his stance and can really fire off the ball. Displays the closing speed to consistently reach the corner and force QBs to step up into the pocket. Demonstrates excellent awareness off the snap and improved all season. Produced week in and week out and has the mindset to handle the pressures of playing NFL ball. An elite type of athlete who offers position versatility as a 4-3 DE or a 3-4 OLB. The Bad: Possesses a long, rangy body with a frail frame and thin legs. Lacks power at the point of attack and will have trouble controlling tackles on contact. Lacks lateral explosion and consistently depends on his speed rush. Doesn't do a great job using his hands to shed blocks and is too easily washed out of plays. Is still raw; has only one year of playing experience and is more of a one trick pony at this stage
Positives: Explosive, quick-twitch edge rusher with elite first-step quickness and upfield burst. Has rare, 351/4-inch arms. Routinely bent the corner as a sophomore and made impact plays for loss. Boasts natural pass-rush ability and exceptional athleticism off the edge to run the arc with speed. Posted a 38-inch vertical jump at the Combine. Can get extension, rip off blocks and close on the quarterback in a hurry. Chiseled physique. Has a good frame to bulk up and get stronger. Very good motor. Has been very durable. Plays hard and is loaded with upside. Negatives: One-year starter. Nowhere near a finished product. Needs to get significantly stronger and is one-dimensional at this point in his development. Cannot anchor vs. the run. Lacks functional strength to disengage blocks and is too easily erased from the line of scrimmage. Gets knocked around too easily in the trenches. Instincts are nowhere near the level of his physical traits. Undisciplined. Inexperience shows when he guesses and loses positioning. Needs to mature physically and emotionally. Would have greatly benefited from not stacking on 23 pounds in less than two months and struggling to carry the weight naturally. Comes from a program known for producing too many pass-rushing busts. Summary: Lined up at 226 pounds in the Rose Bowl and put on too much weight too quickly and speed was clearly affected at the Combine, when he timed in the 4.9s on some clocks on the 40-yard dash and did not look as athletic as he did during the season. However, he is a major-league pass-rushing talent with natural ability that cannot be taught. An unrefined talent in the early stages of maturation with a very high ceiling, Maybin showed the most pure upfield burst of any pass rusher in this draft and possesses immense natural athletic ability to line up in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 front. Might not provide instant returns, but if he learns to handle the extra weight, picks up on the mental aspects of the game and refines his pass-rush ability, he could be a force. Grade: First-round talent.