The Jets picked Mauldin, who played all over the field for the U of L defense, in the third round with the No. 82 pick. Mauldin was one of the top defenders on the Cardinals' defense that was ranked among the nations best for two seasons.
Mauldin, who is known for his touching back story of being in 16 foster homes while growing up, has a big-time motor and never gives up on a play.
Mauldin said to Scout.com last week that he "just wanted to find out what team is going to pick me and then get to work."
As an All-Conference performer as a junior and senior, Mauldin finished his college career with 113 tackles, 31.5 tackles for loss, 20.5 sacks, eight batted passes and five forced fumbles. He earned All-ACC honors this past season.
He ran a 4.85 second 40-yard dash to go with his 7.47 second 3-cone drill.
"I really struggled not too root for him when watching his tape," ESPN analyst Todd McShay said. "I appreciate his effort on the field."
With the Jets, Mauldin will join former U of L players Calvin Pryor, Bilal Powell and Breno Giacomini on the roster.