NFL Draft 2013: Louisiana Product and Former Penn State Linebacker Michael Mauti to Work Out for Saints

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Local Louisiana product and Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti will reportedly work out for the New Orleans Saints on Thursday.

According to WDSU's Fletcher Mackel, the New Orleans Saints are taking a look at another draft prospect from Louisiana who also has some family ties to the team as well.

Michael Mauti (6'2", 243 lbs.) was a graduate from Mandeville High School and immediately began playing for Penn State during his freshman year, when he had 26 tackles. What began as a strong presence though tumbled into injury.

Mauti has suffered two ACL tears, one in each knee, along with numerous other problems including a sprained ankle and shoulder issues. His durability could and should be the main concern for the Saints as well as other NFL teams.

He finished his career at Penn State with 209 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks. four interceptions, and three forced fumbles. Mauti's senior year was his best with 96 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, and three forced fumbles.

There is a family history with the Saints. Mauti's father Rich, who was a wide receiver for Penn State, played for the Black and Gold from 1977-1983.

Mauti received an invite to the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine but because of a knee injury at the end of his senior year he was unable to participate in any drills but did 28 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He was also unable to participate in Penn State's March 17th Pro Day because of the same injury.

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