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Mike Catapano | Defensive Lineman

Team: Princeton Tigers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 270

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Chiefs selected Princeton DE Mike Catapano with the No. 207 overall pick.
Catapano (6-foot-3 7/8, 271) earned the 2012 Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Year, recording 12 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss. At the Princeton Pro Day, Catapano ran a 4.75 forty with a 37 1/2-inch vertical and 33 bench-press reps. An end in college, Catapano was worked out before the draft by 3-4 teams as an outside 'backer and 4-3 teams at defensive end. It will be interesting to see where the power rusher lines up. Sat, Apr 27, 2013 05:37:00 PM

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The Packers have scheduled a visit with Princeton DE Mike Catapano in the near future.

Packers beat writer Bob McGinn notes that the Packers visits have focused on likely undrafted free agents or players with medical questions. We don't know of any red flags in Catapano's injury history, but there is a chance he is not selected in the sixth- or seventh-round. His hips are a bit tight for an edge rusher, but Catapano has a very strong upper body.
Tue, Apr 9, 2013 10:19:00 AM

The Vikings, Bucs, and Eagles have shown "a ton" of interest in Princeton DE Mike Catapano, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Catapano would likely play left or strong side defensive end due to his powerful upper body and lack of quickness around the edge. He was a productive collegiate player with an NFL frame, but Catapano struggles with leverage and bend.
Thu, Mar 21, 2013 10:14:00 AM

Princeton DE Mike Catapano ran in the low 4.7s and measured in at 6'4/271 pounds during the school's pro day.

Catapano has an incredibly strong upper body and uses it to press pass blockers as an edge rusher. He's a bit too tight for out liking, but Catapano has solid tape and didn't look overmatched at the East-West Shrine game. He also recorded 33 bech press reps, 37.5 inch vertical, and a 7.03 second three cone.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 12:44:00 PM

Princeton senior DL Mike Catapano has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game.

Catapano was one of the FCS' leading penetrators and was difficult to stop in one on one matchups. He registered 15.5 tackles, including 12 sacks, in 2012. He is a bit of a tweener, coming in at 6'4/270, so Catapano will need to stamp his place as either a nickel rusher inside or a stronger rusher on the edge.
Tue, Dec 11, 2012 03:34:00 PM