Maualuga was one of the most dominant players in college football. During his four-year career, he racked up 273 total tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks and five interceptions. He plays with extreme violence and reckless abandon, similar in many ways to Chargers legend Junior Seau.
"I look up to guys who are my heritage like Lofa Tatupu and Junior Seau," he said.
LB Rey Maualuga
Maualuga believes his high football IQ will allow him to run with the big boys.
"Having a defensive guru in Coach Pete Carroll and hopefully a future Hall of Famer, Ken Norton Jr., those two guys have helped me a lot in ways I can't really explain."
The biggest hurdle preventing Maualuga from joining the Chargers is availability. He is projected to go another between picks No. 10-16 in the first round, with the Denver Broncos (12) and Washington Redskins (13) likely to give him strong consideration.
If he's there at No. 16, he will be nearly impossible for the Chargers to pass up.
"I see myself fitting right in; football is football," Maualuga said. "It doesn't matter if I go in the first round or the seventh round, as long as a team picks me. All I need is a helmet and some shoulder pads; just throw me on the field and let me play."
For more on Maualuga, see his full interview with Scout.com's Chris Steuber.