Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 4/1/12

I remember watching the 2009 draft. In the first round the Cincinnati Bengals selected Andre Smith and then, when the Bengals went on the clock in the second round, Rey Maualuga, an inside linebacker from USC that I, and everybody else, figured would be gone, was still on the board. He seemed too good to pass up and everybody cheered the Bengals for getting the steal of the draft.

However, three years later, Bengals fans have lost a lot of patience with Maualuga and even though he's still one of the fan favorites on defense and there are a ton of Maualuga jerseys, he is on a lot of fans' bad side, including mine.

Maualuga started his career at SAM linebacker while Keith Rivers was at WILL and Dhani Jones was at MIKE. While playing outside linebacker, Maualuga showed that he had a lot of talent, but he played undisciplined at times and could be a liability in coverage. However, in both of those two seasons, Pro Football Focus gave him positive grades for his overall seasons (6.7 in 2009, 9.1 in 2010).

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