Mack on Maualuga

April, 26, 2009
4/26/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

BEREA, Ohio -- If there is any player in the AFC North who knows Cincinnati Bengals second-round pick Rey Maualuga well, it is Cal center and Cleveland Browns first-round pick Alex Mack.

Following his introductory press conference with the Browns, Mack checked in with the AFC North blog to provide his personal scouting report on his former Pac 10 rival from USC.

"He's got a great nose for the ball," Mack said of Maualuga. "He's big player, physical, but he's also not afraid to go through you or around you. He's obviously one of the bigger inside guys, but he also has some speed and some moves.

"He will hit you if he needs to, but he will also just go right around you if he doesn't have to. That's what I mean by a good nose for the ball. He knows exactly where he needs to go to get to the ball."

Mack said in his five years at Cal, he's never beaten USC. Mack will have a chance to beat Maualuga twice a year in the AFC North.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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