In April, the Seattle Seahawks selected former Minnesota defensive end Boye Mafe with the No. 40 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. The 2021 Second Team All-Big Ten selection is expected to help bolster the Seahawks pass rush, and many believe he more than has the tools to do so. Here are four things you might not know about the Seahawks second-round selection.
1. The College Football Freak List
At 6-foot-4, 261 pounds, Mafe already has an NFL body. The development of Boye's frame and his ability to use his athletic traits on the field have been chronicled during his time at Minnesota. In 2020, Mafe was named to The Athletic writer Bruce Feldman's 2020 College Football Freaks List ranking at No.5 overall.
Feldman discussed Mafe's best traits and what he brings to the table athletically.
"Very few guys his size can jump the way the 6-4, 261-pounder can. His vertical is 40½ inches. That's 4½ inches higher than any defensive lineman at the NFL combine this year. He can touch the top of the square on a basketball backboard.
But it's not just his vertical. All of his numbers are head-turning. Mafe has broad jumped 10-6. He has run a 4.57 40. His 10-yard split is 1.58. His short shuttle is 4.3. He can power clean 400 pounds and squats 653. It's just a whole lot of wow stuff."
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2. Gone Fishing
You may have heard of the famous Lake Minnetonka from the 1984 film Purple Rain, starring Minneapolis music legend Prince. Mafe grew up 9 miles outside of the city of Minneapolis in Minnetonka, a star player at Hopkins High. Mafe would go on to star for the hometown Gophers, racking up sacks and tackles on his way to conference honors. In his downtime, Mafe enjoys a common hobby in the "Land of 10,000 lakes" - fishing.
Mafe was interviewed as a rising senior at Hopkins, discussing his hobbies and loaded athletic profile outside of football.
"In basketball, I play the four, and I am mainly a defender and rebounder," Mafe – who likes to fish for bass and walleye – said. "In track, I run sprints, I high jump and throw the shot put."
Before he played his final game as a Gopher, Mafe discussed the man under the helmet and his passion for the lakes.
"The biggest thing about Minnesota that I've seen from having out-of-state teammates come here and spending time with me in the off-season would be the lakes. Getting out to the lakes, I don't care how big or small the lake is, but when you get out to the lake in the summertime and you just sit there, even just watching the water and sitting on the shore, fishing, doing whatever you want to do, it's amazing."
Minnesota Gophers Director of Football Administration Bradley Parker Jr highlighting Mafe's catches on a Gophers fishing expedition.
Mafe fielded a question at camp in regard to his love for fishing and seafood - Halibut specifically.
3. Multi-Sport Mafe
Mafe made a name for himself on the football field at Hopkins, going from an unheralded prospect, to a hometown star for the Gophers. Many of the strong points of Mafe's game have been molded through years of training and preparation on the field - along with other sports.
Mafe lettered in track and basketball for Hopkins. As a freshman, Mafe's Spanish teacher-turned coach Nick Lovas convinced him to come out for the track team. Mafe would take a liking to it to say the least - starring for Hopkins in multiple events. As a senior, Mafe scored a personal-best in the high jump of 6-foot, 7 inches; later placing No.6 overall in the 2017 MSHSL State Championships (6-4).
Mafe played center and wore No. 40 for the Hopkins Royals 2017 basketball team that went 23-6. The athletic prospect also played soccer, tennis and baseball.
4. Sushi Lover
Seafood is a common theme for Mafe, from fishing for it himself, to searching for good fish in the Seattle area. But Mafe's favorite food isn't halibut or croaker - it's sushi.
Mafe discussed his love for the timeless Asian cuisine in a school interview during his time at Minnesota.
"Oh, sushi. Sushi, of course. So quick. Crab crunch roll, spicy tuna – those are probably the top two. Those are so good."
Check out photos of Seahawks second-round pick Boye Mafe from his 2022 offseason in Seattle. The linebacker out of Minnesota was selected No. 40 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft.