NAME: Boye Mafe
HEIGHT: 6’3 1/2”
WEIGHT: 255 lbs
CLASS: Redshirt Senior
GAMES WATCHED: 2020 – Michigan; 2021 – West Virginia, Ohio State
Things He Does Well
Mafe is an incredibly gifted athlete who displays a beautiful blend of speed and power and has the ability to give opposing tackles major fits. His unique blend of size and strength makes him a matchup nightmare for tackles. Mafe has a quick first step which helps him gain leverage and unleash his wicked bull rush. Mafe has more than just a good bull rush; he displays lots of versatility as a defender. He routinely keeps his eyes in the backfield and does a good job of tracking the ball and following the traffic to be involved in the run defense. Mafe looks incredibly comfortable when he drops back into coverage and shows a good sense of awareness. The Golden Gopher defense also uses Mafe on stunts to maximize his athleticism and burst as he blasts through the holes and gaps to create pressure.
Things To Improve
Many issues that Mafe has are due to a general lack of polish as a pass rusher, which might be a knock for some. It isn’t necessarily all bad in my opinion because of not having any real bad habits when it comes to a pass rusher. During the games I watched it seem that Mafe has no real pass rush plan. It is something can be worked on, but is still something that needs work. As mentioned before, Mafe has a great bull rush, but outside of that it seems like a pretty unimpressive arsenal. One other slight knock on Mafe comes from a lack of hand fighting on tape, there are times where Mafe seems to rely solely on his athleticism to get the job done as opposed to technical skills.
|Pass Rush Plan||30/80|
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Boye Mafe is a super intriguing developmental prospect who would be best used in a 3-4 defense as a standing EDGE rusher. Early on in his career he could really benefit from getting into a good EDGE rotation as he works on using his hands more. Mafe should be able to develop into a solid piece with starting upside down the road. Mafe should be incredibly appealing to teams as he is a pile of moldable clay with untapped potential. Mafe and his high energy style of game should make him a fan favorite wherever he ends up come April.
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