Virginia Tech senior DT Luther Maddy's "quickness and natural rush ability from the inside are traits that NFL teams are often willing to spend a high draft pick for," writes CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.
Maddy started all 13 games last season, collecting an impressive 55 tackles, 13.5 for loss, 6.5 sacks and 16 hurries en route to third-team All-ACC honors. "Though his size may be cause for some concern when projecting him to the next level, Maddy exhibits surprising anchoring strength and flashes a good understanding of leverage use to take on bigger blockers in spite of his shorter, lighter frame," Stephens wrote. "Where he excels is as a rusher, exhibiting strong natural burst off the snap, hand quickness to rip opponents away, and agile, light feet to side-step, spin or redirect to create space. When in the clear, Maddy demonstrates strong acceleration and closing burst, and when asked to shuffle laterally, displays the range to be a factor at the edges against the run." The expert believes Maddy must "show better consistency staying low off the snap."