Initial Reaction – New York Jets Select OLB Lorenzo Mauldin

The New York Jets select Louisville OLB Lorenzo Mauldin with the 82th overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Lorenzo Mauldin is a relentless edge rusher. He is incredibly aggressive with his hands, mitigating his lack of elite speed. He diagnoses and defends the run well. He’s excellent in pursuit and displays developed play recognition  (an underrated part of his game). Mauldin is very active at the line of scrimmage and is adept at batting down passes.

Mauldin has a real chance to start at OLB for the Jets. Pairing he and Coples in base 3-4 looks gives Todd Bowles a great deal of flexibility. It may also signal is the end of Coples’ tenure with the Jets. If Coples doesn’t become more consistent, Mauldin could push him for playing time and eventually, perhaps, supplant him on the roster.

The Jets were originally slated to pick at 70 but elected to trade back with the Houston Texans. In exchange, they recieved the 82nd overall pick, an additional 5th and 7th round pick, and with WR DeVier Posey.

Our Bob Scarinci did a pre-draft breakdown of Mauldin right here, give it a read to get more familiar with his game.