It is officially mock draft season! The 2022 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, with the first round kicking off on Thursday, April 28th. Of course, draft analysis, projections and rumors will be dominating the headlines until then. Among the players expected to hear his name called on the first day is edge rusher Boye Mafe out of Minnesota.
The following is a complete Boye Mafe NFL Draft profile, including stats, highlights and a mock projection.
Boye Mafe NFL Draft Profile, Stats, Highlights and Projection
Position: Edge Rusher
Weight: 265 lbs
College: Minnesota Golden Gophers
Boye Mafe Stats 2021 | Minnesota
Boye Mafe Draft Profile
Although it will take some skill work and development to transform Boye Mafe into a quality NFL starter, there is a lot to work with coming out of Minnesota. Mafe’s strengths are headed up by next-level explosion and power. As an edge rusher, he is also capable of disrupting the blocks of opposing offensive tackles with a strong chop. He is a quality tackler, thanks to his range and strength. Mafe pursues ball-carriers effectively even between the tackles thanks to sound leverage and speed. The son of Nigerian natives, Mafe also has shown great potential when it comes to blasting route-running tight ends off the line.
Although Mafe’s explosiveness ranks among the best in the 2022 NFL Draft class, a lack of fundamental awareness will need to be improved upon at the next level. His footwork is average, at best. Among some of the knocks analysts have pointed out are his inefficient get-off when rushing and his tight, choppy strides when running upfield. Mafe also lacks natural instincts when it comes to how he uses his hands. His hands often slip when taking on blockers.
Boye Mafe Highlights
Boye Mafe Draft Projection
Boye Mafe is currently projected to be drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 30 overall.
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