With the eleventh overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have selected Penn State DE Aaron Maybin.
Yes. I'm as surprised as you are. Though my surprised is a pleasant one; yours may not be.
Maybin is an early entrant in the draft after a redshirt sophomore season in which he amassed 20 tackles for loss and 12 sacks despite having very little on-field experience. The big question mark surrounding Maybin in the pre-draft process was his size; weighing just 236 pounds in college, Maybin put on approximately 15-20 pounds and still ran under 4.6 seconds in the 40 yard dash at his Penn State Pro Day. Rumblings Scouting Report: Penn State DE Aaron Maybin
Questions remain about his ability to play every down at the NFL level as a rookie. In Buffalo, he won't have to. With veterans Aaron Schobel, Chris Kelsay (for now) and Ryan Denney on the roster, Maybin will be asked to be a situational pass rusher as a rookie while he adds another 10 pounds or so to his 6'4" frame. Maybin jumped ahead of other ends on the Bills' big board thanks to his long arms, tremendous athleticism and, far more importantly, his big-play ability.
The Bills are unquestionably gambling with this pick - but in terms of raw upside, it's tough to top Maybin in this draft class. We've said all along that the Bills would target a defensive difference-maker with their top pick, even after trading OT Jason Peters. They've made their valiant attempt at filling that need - while bringing some much-needed youth to the DE position - in selecting Maybin.
Buffalo's next pick is in the first round, No. 28 overall. We're hearing that they'll be working the phones to try to move up... so stay tuned. This is your open thread until the Bills' next pick!