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.