The All-American attended the recent NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where he did his best to try to convince NFL teams that the right ACL tear he sustained last November will not prevent him from being a productive pro player. In fact, though he did not run at the Combine, Mauti insists his surgically repaired knee will be healthy enough to play on during the 2013 season.
“Absolutely,” Mauti said here, hours before his PSU senior class was scheduled to be honored by the Maxwell Club. “I'm running already. It's just a matter of time. There is no doubt in my mind I'll be playing this season.”
At the Combine, Mauti's only physical exercise was the bench press. He did 28 reps, which ranked third at his position. But he said the time in Indianapolis was more about letting NFL teams -- he talked to all of them -- know where his rehab stands and the overall health of his knees after three ACL injuries. He came armed with a recent MRI of the right knee, and said the feedback he got was positive.
“The interview process went well, the medical process went well,” he said. “Now I just have to take it day by day until the Draft.”
That would be the NFL Draft, which is set for April 25-27. Having met with every team at the Combine, and having already done well in the bench, he will not actively participate in Penn State's upcoming Pro Day March 11.
However, after working out in New Orleans [with teammate and friend Michael Zordich] to prepare for the Combine, Mauti does intend to return to Happy Valley before Pro Day.
“I'm just going to head up there to support the guys,” he said. “And I'll be rehabbing a little bit.”
Speaking of the guys, Mauti and 18 of his fellow seniors are here in Atlantic City enjoying themselves. It is a welcomed respite after the scandal-related craziness of their final season and then his race to rehab following the injury.
“It's one of the most special honors I've been a part of, especially with the great group of guys we have here,” Mauti said. “It's been a great trip so far. They've been really hospitable with us and we've had a great time. It's a tremendous honor for us and it's really just a privilege to be here.”