Last fall, the 6-foot-4, 243-pound end started six games for the Cardinals and quickly proved to be a pass rush specialist. He finished 2012 with a team-high 4.5 sacks and trailed only fellow end Marcus Smith with 6.5 tackles for a loss.
In an effort to improve his play against he run, Mauldin, a product of Atlanta (Ga.) Jackson high school, spent the off season bulking up.
"This summer I've been trying to gain weight, because I've had trouble stopping the run," he told Cardinal Authority. "It's a back and forth thing trying to keep my speed and trying to gain weight, so I'll be able to play [every down]."
Becoming an every down player will help Mauldin aim for his goal of establishing a new single season sack record. The record of 20.5 sacks is currently held by Baltimore Raven Elvis Dumervil, who set the mark in 2005.
"It's a personal goal," explained Mauldin. "I want to be able to average two or three sacks [a game] this season. I plan on getting 26 by the end of the year."
"He's a high energy guy," said defensive coordinator Vance Bedford. "He goes 100 mph every single snap. You say slow down and he has no idea what that means. We love him so much because he brings energy to the table."
With Bedford returning to a more aggressive defensive scheme this fall, the Cardinals defense is prepping for greater things in 2013.
"This year we are trying to make our mark and trying to put our stamp on this team," Mauldin said.