Oct 16, 2011; Oakland CA, USA; Cleveland Browns linebacker Kaluka Maiava (56) before the game against the Oakland Raiders at the O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders Free Agency Profile: Kaluka Maiava

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Kaluka Maiava is used to being overlooked. At USC he was a member of a star studded linebacking corp that featured the likes of Clay Matthews, Brian Cushing and Rey Maualuga. Matthews and Cushing were both first round picks with Maualuga going in round two to Cincinnati.

Maiava, on the other hand, had to wait until the fourth round of the ’09 draft before he heard his name called. Making matters worse was the fact that the Cleveland Browns came calling for Maiava meaning he was guaranteed to remain in football obscurity.

None the less an opportunity was there and Maiava jumped on it playing in all 16 games as a rookie before eventually becoming a fulltime starter in his fourth season.

Blessed with impressive athletic ability and a lengthy football pedigree Maiava could become the new Philip Wheeler of the Oakland Raiders. Like Wheeler before him, Maiava arrives with little fanfare and plenty to prove.  He’ll be an integral part of the new look linebacker corp in Oakland with designs on cementing the revolving door of weakside linebackers that have come and gone from the East Bay in recent years.

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  • Raider Grant

    Nothing against this player, but he’s just another body to fill a void. He ain’t no daisy , no daisy at all. Can’t wait for next year & any one that thinks this years will be better then last year, get ready for a reality check coming come opening day! Much love Raider Nation!

  • oaktree

    Maiava’s going to surprise everyone this year, give him more snaps hell excel, Cleveland only used him on situational types of snaps even if he was named the starter this past year, as soon as he stepped on the field he was every where hustling ,low numbers is due to other teams not pushing the play his way, good pass defender and is fast playing from sideline to sideline. Also Cleveland could never score on offense only with field goals the browns D was on the field too much, the browns CBs and DB;s were getting killed from the pass. During his 4 years with the Browns he played for two different defensive coaches. The Browns was allways trying to experiment with old vets and fresh rookies, never did believe and tried building a solid core of LB‘s to mesh together . It take the whole LB core to compliment each other not just one LB. Hopefully Reggie makes this happen. Go Raiders !