C – #55 Missouri
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Don Bosco Prep (West Orange, NJ)
HS Rating: 2 star (0.7817)
Phil Steele: PS#334
Michael Maietti Scouting Report
Maietti is smaller than most center prospects, and he uses this to his advantage. Fairly quick, Maietti is capable of working past the first line of defense and impacting multiple levels on any given set. Straight line speed isn’t nearly his forte as he struggles to pull effectively. Offers some lateral quickness ability, although he seems limited to me. Much better athlete in general moving north and south. Maietti has an excellent snap and set, subtle enough with the ball movement to get the ball snapped under center without really moving his upper body. Very quickly sets after the snap, head up.
Very strong upper body and arms. Throws some impressive punches. Has some brute power that he generally keeps in reserve for when he’s losing a rep. Maietti’s plant is excellent. He’s flexible and yet doesn’t surrender much ground, even while fighting a well-placed high up hand. A very technical trench fighter. Maietti does an excellent job to set with strong punches and the right placement on the defender. His size allows him to play at a lower center of gravity. Extremely impressive. Hands are very strong and doesn’t often surrender the rep once he gets hands on. Strong pass blocker who has a natural anchor and sets extremely well for both power and speed rushers. Handles smaller interior linemen 1v1 with relative ease.
For the most part, consistent pass blocker. Technique is interesting. Played mostly in a zone/gap scheme and didn’t have to ID the mike. Has good hands that he uses well while dropping. Very articulate and calculated in the ground that he surrenders. Run blocking strength flashes but is overall inconsistent. Maietti will struggle to gather a consistent push off the offensive line. He could be schemed effectively in a man blocking scheme to work into the second level where he would be very effective. I think the issue with Maietti in this case isn’t his technique, which is fine, but rather his size. The smaller frame forces him to work harder to get good push from the snap. Rarely misses assignments or looks lost, if at all. Maietti is a very experienced center and it shows immediately on tape.
Pre-College Gridiron Showcase projection
Michael Maietti is an intriguing smaller center option who has starting upside at the next level. The biggest issue with his projection is his extraordinary lack of length (29″ arms, 73″ wingspan) which is most concerning as a blocker and locking into defenders. Still, his tape is good and we know that he has tools that he can work with.
We like Maietti as a fifth/seventh round prospect. His floor is a suitable backup at the center position, with a very good ceiling. We like his chances of getting drafted.