Earlier today the Bills made the decision to part ways with 2009 first round pick Aaron Maybin. This departure signals the end of what was the previous regime. Maybin’s selection in 2009 over Brian Orakpo angered many fans and had draft analysts (including BBD) questioning what they saw in Maybin to take him over Orakpo. Needless to say the Maybin pick has not worked out.
This doesn’t change our roster outlook much. In our two previous roster predictions we have not had Aaron Maybin making this team. The biggest surprise to us was the timing of this release.
With the first cut down still weeks away the question becomes why now? One common thought could be that due to Maybin’s performance in the first preseason game his days were numbered. Maybin was completely ineffective v. Chicago’s 2nd and 3rd team and was tossed around on more than one occasion. The sight of Maybin being pushed around in something that Bills fans can no longer stomach.
Something we found interesting is that the Bills still have a rather large need for a pass rusher to line up opposite Shawne Merriman. The prospect of Chris Kelsay lining up opposite Merriman makes many fans cringe and though Alex Carrington has been seeing time at OLB, we still feel he’s a better suited 34 DE.
That brings us to this week’s Supplemental Draft where a pass rusher is the top ranked prospect. A pass rusher who is from the Bills favorite school, North Carolina (the Bills currently have four former Tarheels on their roster). Michael McAdoo stands at 6’7, 250 lbs. and BBD would love to see him in a Bills uniform (More on McAdoo). Could that be the Bills plan? Cut Maybin and bring in McAdoo? We don’t know for sure but it’s something we are watching very closely.
So what happened? How does a player who was a top 15 pick in 2009 go to being cut just two years later? Well we investigated that with Penn State Examiner Kevin McGuire just as the new broke. Here is what we told them;
“Maybin dominated the Big Ten because he was able to fire off the ball and use his quickness to get up the field and around the [offensive tackle],” said Matthew C. Elder, Buffalo Bills Draft Editor and Director of Scouting. “In order to be successful rushing the passer in the NFL, you have to be more than just that. Maybin’s inability to add strength and bulk during his time in Buffalo is well documented. His willingness to work hard and put in extra time we noted by every coach he had here, however his body was just not willing to comply with what the coaches and fans wanted.”
Is this the end for Maybin? Not necessarily.
“Maybin could still be effective in the NFL if he re-works his game, he’ll need to develop a powerful counter move to his speed rush (ala Freeney’s spin move),” Elder said. “He may not ever become a starter in the NFL, but he could see time as a pass rush specialist going up against the [right tackle].”
Maybin leaves Buffalo with 24 tackles and 1 forced fumble in his career. We want to wish Aaron the very best in the next step of his career!