Traded up to pick another DE.
Compact, powerful build with what appear to be long arms for his height. He has a solid punch with consistent hand placement. He's an aggressive player and can work his hands. Locks out his arms in order to create separation from his blocker. Physical. When he times up the snap well, he has a good first step. Showcases some flexibility.
Doesn't have ideal height. Very inconsistent off the snap, at times will be the last one moving. Will get upright off the snap. Has a initial burst, but fails to find an extra gear in his pursuit to the backfield. Doesn't look comfortable in space. Struggles to counter when the offensive lineman gets his hands on him or hits him with a cut block.
Maponga showcases power, hand usage, and a nice spin move. However, his game is highly inconsistent at this point, and revolves mostly round flash plays. Where is he is selected will be based upon a coaching staff's confidence that he can develop into a consistent player.
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