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Rey Maualuga - ILB Southern California, Senior

Height: 6'2" DOB: 01/24/1987
Weight: 249lbs Age: 28

Pick #38

Arm Hand 40 Yard 10 Yard Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Short Shuttle Long Shuttle Wonderlic KEI
31 3/4" 10" 4.83s N/A 23 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 15 N/A

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Size Run Stopping
Speed Pass Rush/Blitz
Strength Pass Coverage
Athleticism Technique

Scouting Report
If you enjoy violent collisions you might be a NASCAR fan. Or you might also be a fan of Rey Maualuga. He is truly an imposing combination of size and power with surprising speed to go along with it. He seems to have no regard for his own body, and it shows in his ability to get to the ball no matter what it takes. To top it off he finishes with a suddenness rarely seen. His coverage ability is a little limited and he could end up a 2 down backer early in his career. He's coachable though and when an NFL team looks at just how dominant he can be on the field, especially against the run and rushing the passer, they will be willing to accept he's going to need some polish in the NFL.

Draft Status
If I were an NFL GM in need of a LB, I'd draft Maulauga anywhere in the top ten without hesitation. You have to wonder though if the position he plays will push him down some in the first round. Also some teams are a little iffy as to where to play Maualuga. Is he a 4-3 MLB? Can be play inside in a 3-4, or even outside as a rush specialist? Some teams even think of him as a 4-3 DE. What position he shakes out at will dictate how high he goes.

Final analysis
03/31 Update - I still think Maualuga is going to be an amazing pro. He does have some injury concerns which could push him down some and Aaron Curry has certainly separated himself from the rest of the pack but all in all, Rey is still a mid first round lock and probably an opening weekend starter.

Reminds me of: Ray Lewis
Great package of size, speed and power. Seems to be able to make plays all over the field with bone jarring impacts. Not saying he's the leader Lewis is now or as complete a player, but Lewis wasn't that player as a rookie either.

Red Flags:

Scouting Report written by Curtis Popejoy

Career Statistics

Year Games Tackles TFL Sacks PD Int
2005 12 36 4.5 1 2 1
2006 13 78 5 2 3 1
2007 13 78 10.5 6 3 1
2008 12 80 2.5 0 4 2
Stats from cfbstats.com

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