Texas Christian defensive end Stansly Maponga is a top-level pass-rusher who would fit in well for the Falcons' need there. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Charean Williams, the Falcons worked out the Horned Frog:
TCU DE Stansly Maponga has worked out for the Falcons and been to Atlanta. He will be in Indy tomorrow for a follow up combine medical check— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) April 4, 2013
Maponga fits in well with what the Falcons like to do on defense and could end up being a surprise mid-round pick.
Texas Christian University
Height: 6'1-7/8" Weight: 256 pounds
Arm Length: 34-1/8" Hand Measurement: 10"
40 yard dash: 4.83 sec. 10 yard split: 1.67 sec.
20 yard shuttle: 4.37 sec. 3-cone Drill: 7.37 sec. Bench Reps: 30 reps
Vertical Jump: 29.5." Broad Jump: 9'6"
2012: 11 Games Played, 26 Tackles, 6.5 Tackles for Loss, 4.0 Sacks, 5 QB Hurries, 2 Fumbles Forced, 1 Pass Deflection
2011: 13 Games Played, 55 Tackles, 13.5 Tackles for Loss, 9.0 Sacks, 5 Fumbles Forced, 2 Pass Deflections
2010: 12 Games Played, 32 Tackles, 3.0 Tackles for Loss, 2.5 Sacks, 1 QB Hurry, 1 Fumble Forced, 1 Pass Deflections
Stansly Maponga's true strength comes from his quickness off the snap in attacking the ball. He's able to penetrate quickly and put pressure on the passer. He's also able to run the arc well on his outside moves. He doesn't tend to get washed out in the run game and understands how to set the edge effectively if he can get the proper leverage on the offensive tackles.
He's a bit undersized but has good length. He has trouble getting off blocks and will get double teamed quite a bit. Maponga has trouble in coverage as well. He doesn't have many pass rushing moves, but that can be improved upon. However, he will fit best in a scheme that allows him to pin his ears back and go after the quarterback.
How does he fit the Comrade Filter?
Maponga is a hard worker off the field and is a high-energy, high-motor guy on the field. He's not a captain or a team leader, but he will come in and do his job before he leaves for the day. That's all you need when looking for guys who fall into the Comrade Filter, and he would fit in well with the Falcons.
Stansly Maponga is the kind of rotational pass-rusher that would signal that the Falcons like Jonathan Massaquoi as a long-term starter over taking one in the draft. Maponga is a shorter-term rotational pick who could start in year three or four with some seasoning. He's able to play in multiple defenses and could end up being a solid fit as a rotational linebacker and defensive end.
How he would fit into the Falcons' plans
Maponga would be a mid-round pick for the Falcons if he lasted that long. He's a good fit for the multiple front defense that Mike Nolan runs and would be a backup initially. He could do what Jonathan Massaquoi does and spend some time on the bench and special teams before he finally ends up starting or contributing.
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Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.
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