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Maualuga improves 40 time

Posted by Chris Brown on April 2, 2009 – 2:58 am

After running a 4.83, USC LB Rey Maualuga was eager to improve upon it at his pro day in which a host of other top USC talent performed including Mark Sanchez, Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews.

Maualuga ran a 4.7, according to NFL.com which was a noticeable improvement from his combine time. Truthfully though, his 40 time isn’t going to carry as much weight as his game tape.

Cushing ran a 4.68 after running a 4.64 at the combine, which is negligible. Matthews ran a 4.57 after a 4.62 at the combine.

Kevin Ellison, Keith Ellison’s younger brother improved his 40 time posting a 4.7. He had run a 4.8 at the combine. The USC safety however, is being viewed by some teams now as an outside linebacker similar to his older brother with the Bills. Ironically some draft experts have Ellison pegged as a sixth round pick, which is exactly where Keith was chosen by the Bills in the 2006 draft.


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Some LB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2009 – 6:35 pm

Here are some 40 times of some notable LBs in the draft. Aaron Curry ran an impressive time of 4.54.

USC’s Brian Cushing ran a 4.64 (unofficial). His teammate Clay Matthews ran a strong 4.59 and their other teammate Kaluka Maiava ran a 4.78. Maualuga as we mentioned in a previous post ran an unofficial 4.83, and pulled up lame right after gearing down from the run. Virginia’s Clint Sintim ran a 4.78.

Ohio State LB Marcus Freeman continued his strong workout with a 4.67. He also had 30 reps on the bench press. James Laurinaitis did not fare as well on his first run, which unofficially was 4.81.

That time is a bit disappointing and likely convinces NFL teams that he’s strictly an inside linebacker.


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Maualuga pulls up after first 40

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2009 – 6:26 pm

USC LB Rey Maualuga pulled up right at the end of his first 40 run. He grabbed his right hamstring, went down to the ground slowly for a minute and then got back to his feet and was limping badly. He finished the run, but right as he geared down, he grabbe for it. He had an unofficial time of 4.83.

He grabbed high on his hamstring just below his backside. He told NFL Network he felt a pop. He’s hoping it’s just a strain, but obviously he’s not sure at this point. Maualuga said two weeks ago he tweaked his hamstring and while he didn’t stop training leading up to the combine, he did not do any sprinting until today.


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