NFL for me today: Start up three team open par with Vikings -2.5, Patriots -7, one open for the time being. If things go well here, more than likely I will be taking the Broncos to close out this par on Monday. I am risking two units on this par as I really like both chalk spreads here. Closing a two team 6 point teaser with the Pats at -1.5. I also have an ongoing 3 team 10 point teaser that I will probably use as a hedge against the above par play. That's it for me this NFL weekend, as I really don't like any other lined games. GLTA today.
2009 NFL Draft Prospects: <br> Rey Maualuga Profile
Strengths: Physically is the prototype with both great upper and lower body strength ... Nice range in pass coverage ... Always around the football ... Explodes to and through the ball carrier ... Hits very hard and is a great open-field tackler ... Uses his hands well to shed blockers and locate tacklers ... Great at diagnosing the run ... A huge threat to get to the quarterback and blitz ... Has better range in zone than given credit for ... Extremely aggressive football player ... Can jar the ball loose and create turnovers ... A big-time leader on the USC defense ... Plays for a team known for producing great linebackers.
Weaknesses: Could be more instinctive vs. the pass and should recognize play action more quickly ... Solid speed, but it isn't elite ... Struggles going against slot receivers in man coverage ... Hips aren't very fluid (but this is normal for ILBs) ...
Summary: Because of the progression he is shown throughout his career, I'm confident his instincts and leadership will improve even more in his senior season. Can play any scheme in the 4-3, but his ability to blitz and plug the run make him an elite fit for the 3-4.
Player Comparison: Barrett Ruud. Ruud is one of the best young linebackers in the NFL and consistently makes big plays. Maualuga displays that same kind of great leadership. Both play the run very well and have great lateral range.