Drew Boylhart 4/09
Kaluka Maiava LB USC
Kaluka is a smart, instinctive player who got better and better every time I saw him play. By the end of the year, Kaluka was becoming the leader of the three LB's who will be drafted way ahead of him. He has good athleticism and strength, but not to play the LB position at the next level. He is an excellent special teams player and along with his athletic talents, natural strength and developing instincts, Kaluka should have no problems switching positions at the next level; however, it will take him some time. While he is learning, you will have a stand-out special teams captain making plays and impacting for your team.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Kaluka has to develop better cover skills to switch and become an impact safety for the team that drafts him. I have no doubt that he will accomplish this.
TALENT BOARD ROUND 3
Anyone looking for a potential two-deep safety with leadership and the potential to be coach-like on the field should be hovering around this kid when the fourth round comes around. Anybody looking to upgrade their special teams unit with an impact special teams player should be falling all over themselves to draft this kid. I think playoff teams in the back end of the third round with a future need at safety should be thinking very hard about this kid. He has solid athletic ability; if he loses a little bulk, he should be a lot faster and quicker than he is right now. This kid is smart and as soon as he gets a few years under his belt, he should become a core player and fan favorite for the team that drafts him. Now I know why Pete Carroll had this kid on the field. With the exception of Clay Matthews, the LB's would have been lost in their assignments if this kid hadn't been on the field!