NFL Draft: Who could be the Green Bay Packers’ first pick?
By Dan Dahlke
Sep 27, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin (94) sacks Wake Forest Demon Deacons quarterback John Wolford (10).
Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville (6-4, 252)
Mauldin is a player that may sneak into the end of the first round, but is more than likely a second-round pick.
Mauldin’s motor never stops, and he uses his hands very well to shed blockers or dip under a tackle’s shoulder pads to get to the quarterback. Mauldin also has a nice inside move he uses frequently to apply pressure.
The Louisville prospect is a solid pass rusher who also holds up well on the edge against the run. His active, aggressive style of play makes him fun to watch but also leads to him making several impact plays on the field each game.
As a two-year starter, Mauldin recorded 16 sacks, 25 tackles for loss, and 12 quarterback hurries. Mauldin also batted seven passes at the line, demonstrating how active he is a as a pass rusher.
Like Beasley, Mauldin would be a good addition to the Packers defense, who may just need more pass rushers on their roster in the near future.