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By Todd Schmidt, Producer
Mike Mamula was an undersized but productive defensive end from Boston College. And how Mamula jumped all the way up to the 7th overall pick in the 1995 Draft would change the future of draft preparation.
In advance of the NFL Scouting Combine in February of 1995, Mamula sought a fresh approach. Knowing the drills and excercises that he would be expected to perform, Mamula prepared not with football drills, but with drills specifically suited for each individual task. As a result, Mamula ran faster, lifted more, and jumped higher than anyone at his position ever had before.
Mamula’s combine numbers forced coaches and scouts around the league to take notice. In Philadelphia, new head coach Ray Rhodes saw traits in Mamula similar to All-Pro Charles Haley, whom he had coached with the Niners. Rhodes thought so much of Mamula that he traded Philadelphia’s first round pick and two second-round picks to Tampa Bay for the chance to draft Mamula with the seventh pick in the Draft.
Mamula’s rise gave birth to the cottage industry of high-performance training for the NFL Draft – something that nearly all current draft prospects participate in.
To hear more stories from 1995, get Caught in the Draft, Thursday April 24th at 9 p.m. Eastern, only on NFL Network.
The Caught in the Draft series is produced by David Plaut & Neil Zender
The 1995 episode “Expansion” was produced by Todd Schmidt & Bennett Viseltear