Curt Maggitt, OLB Tennessee
The 6’3″, 247 pound outside linebacker saw his 5th-year senior season derailed after a season-ending hip injury in the 2nd game of the season. Prior to that point, Maggitt had recorded 7 tackles including 3 tackles for loss in 2 starts.
However, he’s just one year removed from a season with the Volunteers in which he recorded 48 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks earning All-SEC honors:
Unfortunately, Maggitt has had his fair share of injury concerns, as he was forced to sit out the 2013 season with a season-ending torn ACL he suffered a season prior.
Nevertheless, he’s been plenty productive when healthy and could provide the Colts with an impact rotational pass rusher off the edge (via his NFL.com draft profile):
"STRENGTHS Coach on the field and unquestioned leader of the defense. Sky-high football character. Loves the game. Pre-2015 hip injury, flashed twitch and suddenness of movement. Has ground-gaining strides up the field as rusher and converts advantage into edge attack for sacks. Above average skill set as rusher and works his plan. Able to sink, shift and redirect into shifty ball carriers. Gets jarring arm extension into target and is quick to disengage. Works to stay clean. Undeterred passion and knows how to play the game."
"WEAKNESSES Plagued by injuries that limits his sample size. Thin hips and lean lower body. Limited play range and burst. Struggles to unlock hips and sprint to the sideline. Consistent contain could become an issue. Below average cover ability in man. His game could use more patience and instincts. BOTTOM LINE One of the most passionate players in this draft. Maggitt plays the game with reckless abandon which can work for and against him. The team who takes him will get a player whose motor never turns off and who will give you all he’s got, but his range is below average for an outside linebacker and he may be too mechanical to post consistent production as a pass rusher. All of these points are moot if his combine medicals dont come up roses."