Leaders’ Draft Profile: Minnesota’s Boy Muff is a high-ceiling defensive decision

AsKansas City LeadersReady2022 NFL DraftFrom April 28-30 in Las Vegas, we see some of the players that the team can target through 12 draft selections: Round 1 (29 and 30), Round 2 (50 and 62), Round 3 (94 and 103), Round 4 (121 and 121). 135) and round 7 (233, 243, 251 and 259).


While strengthening their defensive line, the head office still has a lot of work to do. But after seeing Kansas City sit back from bidding for the best pass rushers in the free-agent market, we’re getting even closer to see the team’s project focus.

Although the team can still use a defensive tackle in 2022 and beyond, it is more likely that the team will add several quality players to the defensive end. Of course … late in the summer, Melvin Ingram may return to the fold – but to improve the team that did not produce much last year (Frank Clark’s 4.5 sacks led the team’s Edge Russers in 2021), it will take a brilliant draft. Choices.

Enter a potential goal late in the first round: University of Minnesota defensive end Boye Mafe.

Background

At the beginning of his assessment, Mafe’s measurements are polarized. At 6 feet 4 and 261 pounds, his formation is stable. But at 23 (when he turns 24 in his new season), he has an aging chance – and his arm length (32 5/8 inches) is not encouraging. This did not exclude him from Kansas City’s potential draft plans – after all, the team has fielded defensive nominees like Ingram and Mike Danna with even narrower hands – but this is a measure that the Edge Russians consider important. Still … play if you can.

On the plus side, Mafe posted a 9.91 Related Athletic Score (RAS) In his pre-draft estimates. It is a sign of elite athleticism to his extent. His draft shares soared in Reese’s Senior Bowl at Mobile, where he put together a dominant week on the field – and won the National Team MVP award.

Raw Athlete Profile says Mafie could become a top-flight pass-rushing threat. So what about his cam tape?

College Film Rating

In Minnesota, Mafe was primarily used as a stand-up edge rusher, who went against left and right tackles. Then in the senior bowl, he spent most of his time in the dirt with both hands as a real defensive end. This change improved both his bat position and knee curvature, making it harder for him to control the attack. This may be due to the change naturally caused by low foreign exchange or the need for less mental processing – or a combination of some of these. Regardless, many NFL teams (if any) did not expect him to return to his college position.

More than his strength, Maffei’s playing ability in the Big 10 was a significant part of his game. While he may not be a shutdown strong-side run defender, some teams think he can get the most out of his run-defensive techniques.

As a run defender, Maffei’s ceiling is average – and his base may be below average. Really powerful attackers (like Orlando Brown Jr.) can move him frequently while drive-blocking in the attacking area.

However, in the passing game, Mafe is the clay ball that many NFL defensive line coaches are certainly interested in dealing with. There is already an indescribable explosion and power in his legs, arms and upper body. One thing is to make sure it is all fully utilized.

Maffei’s callwork (and his pre-snap pass-rushing program) from Snap will be excellent. Among the rushing delegates, I do not know if he always has an idea of ​​what he is doing with his hands – but what am I? Do They know that As always Work. Mafe’s hand use Violence.

Mafe’s strong progress during his tenure as coach during Senior Bowl Week has raised some eyebrows in a positive way. Selected by a team of top defensive coaches (and senior leaders) to help refine the technical aspects of his game, Mafe looks like he deserves a gamble.

How he fits in with the chiefs

Although I do not think Muff Chiefs will wear the uniform, the logic behind such a choice would be very simple: bring a rare, bizarre athlete into defensive tip rotation and position him with the help of his professional craftsmanship. Veterans like Clark and Ingram.

In particular, the possible fit with Ingram impressed me – because there are some similarities in the physical details of the two players. If the former pro bowler can help bring Maffei – mentally teaching him how to slow down the game, attack as a pass rusher and improve his hand technique – Mafe can reach his NFL ceiling.

The project fit will also be simple. Any team that makes the Mafe expects him to serve primarily as a run and chase weak side run defender, who can close in from the back with a very rare quick and explosive. But with more grooming from coaches and senior players, it is Maffei’s most capable passing game. In his first three years, he could be a player who brings double-digit sack production to defense. But early in his career, expectations had to be set aside.

In a perfect world, Mafe continues into the second round, where Kansas City can trade from the Big 50 to buy him. But because he plays at a premium level – and has rare physical characteristics that can result in massive swing games at the next level – Mafe will hear his name at the end of the first round.

What matters here is whether that call came from the chiefs.

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