Rey Maualuga Charged with DUI: Chalk One Up for Eric Mangini

Samuel IngroAnalyst IJanuary 29, 2010

The 2009 draft saw ILB Rey Maualuga slip all the way down to the No. 38 pick in the second round.

He was originally heralded to be a top 15 pick, and many Browns fans wanted him in a bad way. At one point, many fans had him even going to Cleveland in the first round.

When he fell through the first and into the second, Browns fans celebrated as they expected Cleveland to announce the drafting of Maualuga.

"With the 36th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select...Brian Robiskie."

Fans were outraged to watch Rey Maualuga go to cross-state rivals Cincinnati just two picks later.

Many were up in arms, saying Eric Mangini dropped the ball and that it was ludicrous to pass on him. Instead, Mangini went about his draft, drafting players with character and integrity to build his team on.

One year later, the reasons Cleveland passed have started to present themselves.

At 1:45 am, in Covington, KY, Rey Maualuga allegedly crashed a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire into two parked cars and a parking meter.

When the officers arrived on the scene, they revealed his blood alcohol level was well above the legal limit from a night of "about six Captain and Cokes."

To make matters worse, he had two female passengers: one 18-year-old and one who was under the legal age of 18.

I would expect that the parents should have a field day in the very near future at the expense of a rich athlete trying to take their daughter home.

It took just one month of his first offseason for his character issues to rear their ugly head. I, for one, wonder if this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Keep voicing your doubts and hatred for Cleveland's head coach, but for once, I'm going to say what needs to be said: "Good call, Mr. Mangini!"