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Purdue Football: What CJ Madden Brings to the Boilermakers.

Purdue added an interesting pass rush piece with high upside and a National Championship ring.

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As the dust begins to settle in the bowl season transfer portal, Purdue is filling out a solid class following some departures of their own.

Today’s profile: edge rusher CJ Madden from Georgia. Madden leaves the Bulldogs as a redshirt freshman, giving him three years of remaining eligibility.

Note: I have no idea why all of Madden’s tweets are being flagged for “potential sensitive content” what a mess “X” has become. Sorry y’all.

What Madden Brings to the Field

Madden arrived at UGA as a 4-star hybrid linebacker out of Ellenwood, Georgia’s Cedar Grove High School, where he showed promise at both middle and outside linebacker before being coached into committing to the OLB/defensive end role. At 6’4” and hovering between 230 and 240 pounds, he’s a bit of an in-betweener for that balance between OLB and DE, but certainly has the athleticism to prove a threat on the edge.

We’re mostly going off of high school film for the relatively inexperienced Madden, but:

  • Long arms, good balance to use leverage well, solid footwork, quick off the line, good at shedding contact from offensive tackles.

I see him staying as a stand-up rusher in Purdue’s 5 man front, but as mentioned earlier, he actually did excel as a middle linebacker in high school before switching to the outside, which is something to keep an eye on in terms of both depth and roster flexibility. He shares some characteristics with current Boilermaker and former Georgia high school prospect Kydran Jenkins in that regard.

Madden missed his junior season due to since-revised high school transfer rules in Georgia, and that was the season where he was transitioning from MLB to edge, so he’s still very raw but clearly athletic enough to be a threat in obvious passing downs.

Elephant in the Room

Yes, Madden’s former school was kind enough to award me a degree, so I may appear a bit biased, but a young talent (again: three years of eligibility left!) who was good enough to be recruited by a team with a recent national championship(s) and just couldn’t break into the second string should be seen as a very welcome addition for any team.

Especially under a Walters staff that runs a similar defensive scheme to Madden’s prior destination, there shouldn’t be too much of a learning curve. He was mainly on special teams duty in his seven appearances as a Bulldog, but I can see CJ Madden, at least, being a pass rush specialist next season while he acclimates to life in the Big10. If he sticks around, he has the potential to be a multi-year starter at either linebacker position.