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BM Exclusive Draft Profile: Rey Maualuga

November 24, 2008

My personal opinion is that this is the best class of Linebackers seen in years with two front men leading the pack. They are Maualuga and James Laurinaitis neither of who’s names I can type from memory. Rey was considered the follower from Laurinaitis but Laurinaitis has his stock dropping a bit which would be big for Maualuga. Here is his draft profile:

Maulaluga Returns An Interception Back for a TD.

Maualuga Returns an Interception for a TD.

 

Name: Rey Maualuga

Position: Linebacker

School: USC

Height & Weight: 6-2 / 260

Class: Senior

What I Think: Maualuga has been part of the best defense of any College Football team in recent memory. He has had the company of Taylor Mays, Sedrick Ellis, Keith Rivers and company. All of which are most likely to or will be a first round pick. That has given him a good backdrop but has sure made a name for himself on his own. Maualuga is an exciting, well rounded Linebacker with a knack for hitting hard and staying on the ball the entire play. One of my favorite things about him is that he has the best pop to the line of any players in the draft or could be the best in the NFL. While it doesn’t always result in sacks, his main success is rushing the QB making them make bad passes. Do not draft him if you want hard core stats, but if you want an uncounted impact then he might be the right guy for you. Maualuga is now in line for All-American and Butkus Award honors, returns for his third season as the Trojans’ menacing starting middle linebacker as a senior in 2008. He is on the “Watch List” for the 2008 Lombardi Award and Bronko Nagurski Award. Maualuga returned for his second season as USC’s starting middle linebacker as a junior in 2007 and led the team in tackles. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 13 games (starting all but the Notre Dame game, in which he was limited because of a hip pointer), he had 79 tackles, including 10.5 for losses of 40 yards (with 6 sacks for minus 32 yards), plus 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception (returned for 19 yards) and 3 deflections. He was named to the 2007 Phil Steele’s All-American third team, Collegefootballnews.com All-American honorable mention, Pro Football Weekly All-American honorable mention, All-Pac-10 first team (for the second year in a row), Collegefootballnews.com All-Pac-10 first team, Phil Steele’s All-Pac-10 first team and Rivals.com All-Pac-10 second team. Maualuga is a talent and compared to Laurinaitis he might be becoming a bit more popular as it seems that Laurinaitis has his stock dropping quickly. Maualuga has over time become my favorite player in the entire draft and I have given the highest draft grade.

Draft Grade: A+

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4 Comments
  1. December 4, 2008 11:32 AM

    this type of guy we need guy. stalwart middel line back guy. ball up run back in back field, shoot you gap like the wesley woodard guy. shanhan has all kind of picts., maybe he trade some and pict next years to trade down for some crazy guy like this.

  2. Jon Krause permalink
    December 6, 2008 4:37 PM

    Horvil, Horvil, Horvil… lol haha

  3. Scott permalink
    January 23, 2009 10:31 AM

    Maualuga is absolutely the right guy for the Broncos sorry defense. A bit of history lesson for those reading…the Broncos defense has never been the same since a certain Al Wilson no longer was patrolling the middle. Not only was Al a tremendous run stuffer, he wreaked havoc all over the field with his high motor. His leadership contribution was just as valuable. I think Maualuga brings that same intensity but with greater physical skills than the great Al Wilson. I would like to see them take Maualuga in the 1st and trade up in the 2nd (I believe they are currently drafting 46th in the 2nd) to get Knowshaun Moreno if available. Moreno would bring a massive upgrade to the RB position and is durable – something not common among current Denver RBs. I would also make a very strong run at Mr. Julius Peppers, especially if they are going to switch to a 3-4. Denver is still an attractive place for Free agents and Peppers wants out of Carolina.

  4. ReyInOrange permalink
    January 26, 2009 11:31 AM

    We need AGGRESSION, INTENSITY and BULK on our defense and Rey brings all of those in spades!!!

    He would singlehandedly change our defense and for the first time in many years opposing offenses would have a justifiable concern about running the ball against the Broncos(as laughable as that may sound at this juncture).

    I’ll simplify it in this way…

    Maualuga has been compared to Ray Lewis and Laurinaitis to Urlacher. Who would you rather have? I’d take Ray Lewis over Urlacher without thinking about it for microsecond.

    Maualuga is cut from the same mold as Troy Polamalu; in my book the best defensive player to come around the NFL since Ray Lewis. Troy is a shoe-in for the HOF.

    To pass up on Rey would be one of the worst mistakes our new coach could make.

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