SAN DIEGO, CA -- Just days ago, Memphis defensive back Arthur Maulet suited up to play in one of the biggest collegiate bowl games that exist. Continuing to play at such a high level for the American team, we got a chance to talk football, speaking on the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and his chances in the 2017 NFL Draft. He is the second player from Memphis to accept an invitation to a postseason draft showcase, the other being Jake Elliott, a place kicker, slated to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl on Jan. 28 in Alabama.
Before reaching the heights of his career, Arthur Maulet took his talents to the JUCO circuit. Playing under Coach Glenn Davis at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, he led the team with 20 pass break-ups, the most in the NJCAA and ended his final year with five interceptions, including a touchdown. The Wolfpack finished the season 8-3, going on to win the MACJC South Division title.
With offers from Memphis, Troy, Southern Miss and Middle Tennessee State, Maulet did not hesitate to commit to Memphis when Coach Ryan Walters came knocking. He wrapped up a two-year career with Memphis with a 17-9 record, starting in 26 games and playing in back-to-back bowl appearances.
Maulet, a senior from New Orleans, led the Tigers with 13 pass breakups in his final season ending his last collegiate year ranking fifth on the team with 72 tackles, including 7.5 for a loss. He has definitely left his mark in Memphis.
With quarterbacks nervous to throw to receivers in his direction, teams discovered quickly that was the best way to play against him. His agility and athleticism even scared off running backs that found out a big hit was surely to come if the ball was carried Maulet's way. His ability to wrap up defenders and make defensive plays highlights his coverage skills, another faucet that makes him a great defensive back.
In 2016, he was ranked as one of the top three cornerbacks in college football by PFF College Football, with a No. 24 ranking on Bleacher Report's Top 25 Cornerbacks list.
Held in Carson, California, Maulet played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl this past weekend, where he finished the game with 3 unassisted solo tackles. Although the Americans lost 27-7 to the Nationals, Maulet kept the opposing quarterbacks from throwing the ball his way with his route coverage and tenacity on defense.
Maulet described the opportunity by stating "It was a great learning experience. It molded me as a man, as a player and a teammate."
To become the defender he is today, it took many hours of training, practices, and watching highlights and game film to reach this level of his career. Maulet has become one of the best defensive backs in the nation, with such great fluidity and ability to read routes well enough to know where to attack.
Impressive enough to get underneath and control receivers much bigger than himself, Maulet has no issues with throwing his body all over the field to stop any given offense. His speed and strength would be a great asset to any NFL team, especially if placed along the line of scrimmage.
Maulet said of playing in the NFL, "It is a business. You have to work hard and try to take a grown man's job." Looking to better assist any team he ends up on, he's willing to join any NFL team playing the positions of cornerback, safety, or special teams player as long as it helps out the team and allows him to be a team player.
Overall, Arthur Maulet is draft worthy in this upcoming 2017 Draft Class and is likely to make an NFL roster. But to be considered a high caliber prospect in the upcoming NFL Draft, Maulet knows his physicality and stellar resume would have to be carried over. This means that Maulet would have to work on perfecting his craft and improving as a defender during the offseason and training camps.