April 25, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; April 25, 2009 - The Buffalo Bills today selected Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin (Ellicott City, Md.) No. 11 overall in the National Football League Draft. Maybin was the first player selected from a Big Ten Conference institution.
A 2008 first team All-American, the 6-4, 248-pound Maybin is the 35th Nittany Lion to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, 32 of whom have played for Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno. Maybin is the seventh Nittany Lion to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft over the past six years. Tackle Levi Brown was Penn State's last first round selection, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2007 draft.
With Maybin's selection, 235 Nittany Lions have been drafted under Paterno and more than 300 of his players have signed NFL contracts.
Maybin will be reunited with former Nittany Lion All-America linebacker Paul Posluszny and defensive back Bryan Scott on the Bills' roster. Buffalo selected Posluszny in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Maybin was a consensus first-team All-American, earning honors from the Associated Press, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and CollegeFootballNews.com. He also was named a second-team All-American by Sporting News and SI.com.
The former Mount Hebron High School standout was selected the 2008 National Defensive Player of the Year by the Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C. He was one of three finalists for the Bednarik Award, presented to the nation's top defensive player and was among the six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, becoming the third Nittany Lion in four years to be named a finalist for the honor.
A first team All-Big Ten selection, Maybin recorded at least one tackle for loss in all 13 games during the 2008 season. He was seventh in the nation with 12 solo sacks (minus-78) and was tied for ninth nationally with 12 TFL. Maybin also forced a team-high three fumbles, with two leading to touchdowns. He made 49 tackles (30 solo) and recorded three pass break-ups during the 2008 season.