Aaron Maybin, the stud of the 2009 NFL Combine, now finds himself to be without a team. The Bills announced today that they have released Maybin, one of the worst draft choices of all-time. In fact, I would take former Raiders #1 overall bust Jamarcus Russel before I’d draft Maybin—I really just said that.
See why below.
The star defensive end from Penn State enteredt the NFL Draft a little early and most pundits mentioned that he would be great in this league with good coaching, this due to his raw talent and athleticism. Turns out, there was no talent, just athleticism. Undrafted free agents have done more with less time in the NFL than Maybin has had so far.
At the combine, Maybin tore it up. He even had flashy gloves and shoes and everyone knows that if you wear bright gloves and shoes, then you have to perform. And perform he did. According to NFL.com, Maybin racked in a 40-yd dash time of 4.88 seconds followed by 22 bench reps of 225 lbs each and a 38″ vertical jump. On tape, he wowed with his first step and NFL.com even mentions that he was the “ideal fit” for Buffalo, a team that really lacked a pass rusher. Though Maybin was a little light in weight (reported 248 lbs), he played lighter in the NFL (228) when moved to outside linebacker. It’s unfortunate that most believed he could add weight and really develop into…..well, Clay Matthews or Brian Orakpo (taken 2 picks later).
Do you want to know Maybins’ career stats? In 27 games, he has 24 career tackles (15 solo) and ZERO sacks. The 2008 All-American really showed that athleticism does not equal NFL play. The Titans can take a pass. Maybin was even de-activated by coaches for a few games last season, how embarrassing for the 11th overall pick.
Maybine turned 23 in April of this year, so it’s possible that his career isn’t over, but we’ll see what the future holds. This is the NFL and the Not For Long acronym certainly applies to Maybin at this point.