Falcons move up to get MapongaThe Falcons parted ways with their lone tradeable asset, a non-compensatory seventh round pick, to move up ten spots in the fifth round to select TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga with the 153rd overall pick. Maponga was a productive player at Texas Christian, having a strong sophomore season in 2011. A leg injury nagged him as a junior, forcing him to miss a pair of games and his production dropped. But he made the decision to declare early for the draft regardless.
The Zimbabwe-native was asked to step in to replace Jerry Hughes as a redshirt freshman in 2010, starting 12 games and recording 32 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. He broke out as a sophomore, starting 13 games and tallying 55 tackles, 13.5 for loss, 9 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles. His production dipped to 26 tackles, 6.5 for loss, 4 sacks, and a pair of forced fumbles as a junior. But he still managed to earn 1st team All-Big 12 conference honors. Maponga stands 6-2, 251 pounds with 34-inch arms. He did 30 bench reps at the Combine, and ran a 4.81 40 at his pro day.
Maponga is an edge player that could potentially be developed to play either end or linebacker in Mike Nolan’s hybrid scheme.