When linebacker Rey Maualuga fell to the Bengals, fans in Cincinnati forgot about the first-round pick and his problems. They looked at the Bengals and smiled, because they have made one of the smartest decisions they've made in a while.
Maualuga may of been happy to have been picked, but admitted this has put a chip on his shoulder.
Pro scouts claimed he didn't workout well enough to be a first rounder. My question is for them, have they seen this guy play?
Maualuga is what you have come to expect out of players out of Southern California, hard hitting and loves football.
He plays with an intensity that other players around him feed on, and in turn it sets the entire team on fire.
This works out even better for the Bengals and is much of what they needed on defense.
For the longest time now it seems like the Bengals defense received punishment instead of giving it.
A player Maualuga isn't going to get hit, he's going to hit you.
What i've seen in him he reminds me of a Troy Polamalu. He loves the game of football and doesn't like to fail at his job.
The Bengals have made sure to keep Chris Crocker, who was their hardest hitter last season, and they've added another intensified hitting machine.
With Mike Zimmer going into his second season as the Bengals defensive coordinator, I look for them to keep improving and maybe crack the top 10 in the league.
I do think that Maualuga can make that much of a difference in this team, and he is a game-changing player.
I can't wait to see this guy and camp, and I have a feeling it's going to be something special to watch.