Devonnsha Maxwell, DT, Chattanooga | NFL Draft Scouting Report

Chattanooga EDGE Devonnsha Maxwell spent six years with the FCS program. Does his scouting report reveal a player that can make it at the next level?

Our rookie scouting reports combine film and analytics to provide the best possible predictions for player performance. With the 2023 NFL Draft less than two weeks away, let’s take a look at the scouting report for Chattanooga DT Devonnsha Maxwell.

Devonnsha Maxwell NFL Draft Profile

  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • School: Devonnsha Maxwell
  • Year: Sixth-Year Senior

Maxwell was a zero-star recruit out of Valdosta High School in Valdosta, Georgia. Following high school, he chose to play college football at Chattanooga.

As a freshman in 2017, Maxwell participated exclusively on the scout team, redshirting the entire year. He made his in-game debut in 2018, appearing in nine games and registering 32 total tackles and 5.5 sacks.

In 2019, Maxwell totaled 46 tackles and seven sacks, with the latter being tied for most in the conference.

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In 2020, COVID limited Maxwell to just four games, but he managed 19 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.

After redshirting as a freshman, Maxwell remained eligible for the 2021 season. He returned to Chattanooga but played in just six games, recording 18 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

Maxwell’s college career should’ve been over, but he had the option to return to school for one more year due to COVID eligibility rules — he exercised that option.

In 2022, as a sixth-year senior, Maxwell played in 11 games, racking up 48 total tackles, eight sacks, and two forced fumbles.

Overall, Maxwell played 42 games at Chattanooga, amassing 163 total tackles, 45.5 tackles for loss, 28 sacks, and four forced fumbles.

Tony Pauline’s Scouting Report for Devonnsha Maxwell

Strengths: Quick, explosive 3-technique defensive lineman who fires off the snap with an outstanding first step and plays with proper pad level. Fluid if asked to twist or stunt, displays an array of moves protecting himself, and nicely redirects to the action. Stays with assignments and works hard to make plays.

Weaknesses: Easily knocked from the action or out-positioned from plays. Lacks bulk and has limited growth potential. Displays average strength at the point of attack.

Overall: Maxwell is a hard-working interior lineman who shows pass-rush potential, but he’s a bit scheme-limited as a 3-technique.

Devonnsha Maxwell Pro Day Measurements and Results

  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 301 pounds
  • Arm Length: 34 1/8″
  • Hand Size: 9 7/8″
  • Bench Press: 30
  • 40-Yard Dash: 5.19

Chattanooga DT Devonnsha Maxwell Current Draft Projection

On Tony Pauline’s Big Board, Maxwell ranked 421st overall and is projected to go undrafted. With a 3.12 grade, he is Pauline’s DT27 in this class.

Maxwell is six years removed from high school, and he spent his entire college career at an FCS school. When playing at a smaller school, prospects need to be even more dominant. Collegiate production is the best predictive indicator for NFL success, and, while Maxwell was a solid producer against lesser competition, he’s far from someone NFL scouts would be salivating over.

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As a below-average athlete, there’s just not much to work with here. As Pauline’s grade indicates, Maxwell will likely struggle to make it in the NFL. He is almost certain to go undrafted, and he’s far from a lock to get picked up as a UDFA. Pauline has six DTs with higher grades than Maxwell who are also projected to go undrafted.

Ultimately, Maxwell is just hoping to get a chance. Simply earning a spot on an active roster would be a success.

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