Penn State LB Michael Mauti Releases Video Showing His Knee Rehab Progress

Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti is a name that you often see as a late round possibility for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have already had him in for a pre draft visit.

Mauti, who tore up his left knee in the game against Indiana last November, told the media during the NFL combine that he would be ready to play football this fall.

Patrick Mauti, Michael\’s brother, posted a video Friday on his Twitter feed that shows how the knee rehab is coming along. The video was apparently shot with Michael being 135 days removed from surgery.

This is of course not the first time that Michael has to overcome a serious knee injury, but he certainly appears to be on a good pace. I suspect the video was posted to help increase Mauti\’s draft stock, and it very well could get him into the fifth round, but it would be surprising to see him drafted any higher than that.

It was revealed during the combine that Mauti sent a handwritten letter to all 32 teams to let them know that he will be ready to play this fall and to profess his love for the game.

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  • Kevin Gobleck

    Man i have a feeling he will be a good football player, now lets just hope he’ll be in our jersey.

  • zyzak

    Might be the first FA signed by the Steelers after the draft

  • hergieburbur

    REALLY want use to take this kid at 6 or 7. He has the talent, he is one of the highest character/leadership guys in the whole draft. The knee is a huge concern, but that is what late picks are for, risky picks with huge upsides.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Possibly won’t be drafted…unrestricted rookie free agent.

  • steeltown

    3 ACL tears in 4yrs… that’s hard to overlook.. would love to bring him in as an undrafted though

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  • hergieburbur

    Possibly, but I have heard more than one rumbling among analysts that, given that he was likely a second round prospect before the injury, some teams are likely to take a look at him late. As low as picks are valued that late in the draft, I’d rather use the pick to lock him in than try to sign him on the open market.

  • hergieburbur

    It is scary, but that is what the late rounds and UFA are for, injury/character risks and projects with high upside. The risk/reward tradeoff is low enough that I could see them using their comp 6 or their 7 on him.

  • David Edward

    I think Mauti will be like Mark Herzlich…both great kids who you wish the best for…but undrafted. Then a team will sign him (like the Giants signed Herzlich) and he will end up being a serviceable backup. I think he would be a priorty FA for the Steelers if he does go undrafted, but not sure they would use a pick on him unless maybe a 7th if they keep all 8 (or 9) picks.

  • RMSteeler

    If they really like him, 7th round if available. Worth signing as an UDFA.

  • Someone will grab him. I find it very unlikely that he will go undrafted.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    I love his attitude….He told Peter King, “It’s rare, because usually a guy with knee injuries will have a lot of extra damage in there, but that’s one thing I have going for me in that regard (no degenerative damage or complicating cartilage/meniscus damage),” Mauti said. “When it comes to the draft, realistically I know teams are going to get me for a bargain here because of my injury history. But whatever happens, I’ll be thrilled — fourth round, seventh round, or undrafted. All I’m looking for is an opportunity to win a spot on a roster this season and see where it goes from there.”

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  • $19122620

    The slack bow balance was pretty impressive.

  • hergieburbur

    THAT is exactly why I think we should use a pick on him instead of competing in FA.

  • Chris92021

    Bring him in as an undrafted FA if possible.

  • hergieburbur

    For some reason this just popped back up as a notification for me, and reminded me that he went in the 7th, right in the middle of where I was pushing for him…