ESPN.com rankings: No. 42 safety, No. 329 in Southeast region, No. 77 in Georgia
Picked Georgia over: UCF, Navy, Iowa State, Ohio and others
State of the position: Georgia is losing All-American Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams to the NFL, and the position was thin to begin with. Backing up the two starters are Corey Moore, Marc Deas and Connor Norman. Those three have made strides on special teams but have yet to push for starting positions. The Bulldogs are trying to bring in five safeties in the class of 2013, but two are junior college transfers that will only have two years to play.
Pros: “Utilizes his large frame to go up and attack the football and flashes good high-pointing skills. Times his break well, relatively explosive and blankets his underneath zone effectively as a zone defender. Can be an intimidating presence over the middle. Drives on the ball and unsuspecting offensive players as if they have a target on their back. Drives through and can really deliver a pop upon contact. Has a head-hunter mentality when he times it up right.” -- ESPN scouting report
Cons: “However, Mauger is not always fluid or effortless in his methods. We do feel he may be scheme-limited to zone schemes as a strong safety. Could struggle if matched up over quicker slots in man-to-man coverages. Tends to build speed and looks slightly stiff through the hips at times changing direction.” -- ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Deas. Has the potential to step up like a Shaun Williams-type player since he definitely is physical and likes to hit -- but for now will provide depth at safety.
Expected impact: 2015. An early enrollee, Mauger could easily see the field on special teams early but is a couple years away from making his name as a starter. His coaches rave about Mauger’s potential and he could be a true sleeper in the Class of 2013.