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Rey Maualuga 52 68.42%
James Laruanitis(f'n sp) 18 23.68%
too close(tie) 6 7.89%
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:40 PM    (permalink
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Rey Maualuga vs. James Lauranitis(sp?)

I find them very similiar in alot of ways. Too very aggressive linebackers around 6-3 250 who will be a keystone for their respected teams this year. I personally have not seen enough of James to make a desicion, so i'll ask you who you think is the better player.


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Maualuga, but only cause he has better physical tools. Both their instincts suck.
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Maualuga, but only cause he has better physical tools. Both their instincts suck.

Instincts? Probably the best trait for the both.
Both do get caught out of position though.
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i think James is overrated due to the picks from last yr
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Instincts? Probably the best trait for the both.
Both do get caught out of position though.
Laurainitis..

If your looking for sheer size/power.. Maualaga...

Laurainitis.. has a little trouble getting of blocks.. but he's much more instinctive.

When it was an important game... USC Played Oscar Lua because his instincts and his quick thinking put him into position. If they were ahead or playing an inferior opponent... Maualaga would be out there cracking skulls.

for a 3-4 team either would be a great pickup. Though I think Laurainitis has the leadership ability.... while Maualaga just seems to be a head hunter.
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Oscar Lua replaced Rey on running downs/short yard conversions. Not because of his instincts, but because Lua was one of the best run stoppers in the NCAA. And from your leadership and 3-4 ordeal I seriously have to question how much you know about Reys game.
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"Lil' Animal" needs to work on coming off his blocks. He is good against the run and one of the best in the country against the pass as a MLB. I think James might be a higher draft pick than Rey b/c of his fluidity and the fact that he is fast enough and good enough in coverage to play OLB. Just becaues of the sheer fact that JL made the most plays and was/is the leader of the Buckeye defense, he is the top LB of the two.

But I really like Rey. He's a hard hard hitter and is good in run defense. He'll be a really really good pro. But b/c Rey is as hard of a hitter as Brian Urlacher and AJ Hawk are he's right there neck and neck with JL.
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You realize Rey is probably faster then James right?
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I'll take Rey, please.
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Rey. I like Laurinaitis though I feel he may be a little overrated. Rey just hits like a tank and seems to play faster than James. I don't think you can really go wrong with either one.
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You of all people should know it's not even close.
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The main reason i would go with Laurinaitis over Rey is the fact that Laurinaitis reminds me of AJ Hawk and Paul Poz in the fact that they would excel in any Lb spot, in any system. Rey seems to be strictly a MLB. Not that that's a bad thing, I just prefer the flexibility of being able to play Laurinaitis inside or outside
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ill take rey rey thanks, great size and speed, plus the hit on Cowen says it all lol.
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I think that Rey is more of a disruptor and is certainly the more explosive athlete, but I'm reserving judgment on Laurinaitis. From what I saw last year, a lot of those turnovers kinda fell into his hands, and while he was certainly in a fortuitous position for that the happen, I'm not sure he can repeat. He doesn't really work through traffic all that well, which is going to be a pretty big problem if he plays inside at the next level.

Rey has his problems, but if I had to pick which one projects better to the pros, it would be Maualuga, no question.
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People under rate james nowadays. He was a benefactor of some INTs FFs and Frs. But he is a smart kid out there, aggressive (yes a litle weak in the upper body). Has quickness and footbal intelligence. I think if he get stronger he could be a Vrableesque linebacker that can play inside or out in a 3-4
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But JL has this in his blood :)



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Rey b/c I hate Ohio State
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I believe Rey Maualuga does have some character concerns so that may drop him a little bit.
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And who do you think is the best LB between Rivers and Maualuga?
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And who do you think is the best LB between Rivers and Maualuga?

Rey has the upside to be twice what Rivers is.
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I like Rivers as a Cover 2 LB, but Rey's got the potential to be a real game chaanger in the middle.
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Man rey will be scary at the next level... only reason his productioni isnt eye popping is because he plays on a defence with like 8 possible all americans and all three linebackers will probably be first round picks
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neither LB are alike at all IMO.....but i'd prolly take Rey
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