Aaron Maybin DE, Penn State
This pick in my mind came down to two players, Clay Matthews Jr or Aaron Maybin. The Bills have some weapons on offense and it's too early to give up on Trent Edwards (although Sanchez was mildly tempting) so that left the best defenders on the board. Ultimately the pick was Maybin becuase he brings more in the pass rush department. Maybin recorded 12 sacks for the Nittany Lions last year in 2008 and he's added some weight to quiet the rumors that he was too small to be a 4-3 defensive end (finished the season at 229 pounds).
Positives: Maybin's first step is second to none and it's one of the things that makes him an elite pass rusher. He's also got decent repertoire of moves for a young player (redshirt sophomore) and his motor will allow him to pick up some sacks that some others wouldn't. He'll also chase plays down from the backside and is a sure tackler.
Negatives: Although he's added nearly 20 pounds, Maybin's biggest weakness is that he's a one dimensional player. He's a liability against the run and offensive lineman can control him once they lock on to him. He can get too aggressive and over run a play and inexperience is also a concern.
Overall: Maybin ran slow at the combine but performed much better at his pro day despite adding even more weight. If he can play at close to 250 and maintain his athleticism he'll be a very good player in this league for a long time. He'll have to get stronger but he's got the frame to add some bulk.
Many thanks to our very own Bezekira for submitting this pick. The Broncos and AJBirdWatcher are now on the clock (e-mail to email@example.com), with the Redskins and DBacksskins on deck. If anyone needs to refresh their memory on the draft order, check it here....