Marte Mapu looking like a bigger Dugger. Holy shit if he pans out.
BB loves these somewhat obscure LB/S hybrids. Physically he's Duggar's doppelganger.
Duggar - 6'1", 217
Mapu - 6'3", 221
Both are physical at the point of attack, have good instincts for the ball, both are wrap up tacklers. Mapu is probably better in coverage and Dugger is probably better in run support.
Mapu should help on STs right away.
NFL Draft grades for every pick of Round 2 and 3: Steelers, Patriots, Titans impress
76. New England Patriots: Marte Mapu, S, Sacramento State
Another versatile chess piece for Bill Belichick, Mapu flashed at the Senior Bowl and vaulted up draft boards. He finished at No. 100 on Brugler’s overall list. The Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year, Mapu collected 76 tackles, including 6.5 for loss, broke up six passes and intercepted two. In 2021, Mapu had 14 breakups and four interceptions. He was a surprising omission from the combine.
Blessed with a linebacker body (6-3, 221) and long arms (78 ¾ wingspan), Mapu is a heavy hitter and covers like a safety
. He had a leg muscle injury in Mobile and couldn’t compete in the game, then tore a pec muscle during training and couldn’t work out for teams. Mapu might have to redshirt for a season, but if he’s healthy, he could become an asset right away in subpackages and on special teams.
The Titans earned high marks for jumping up for Will Levis, while the Lions (mostly) found better value on the NFL Draft's second day.