Watching the USC versus Stanford game I was focused on their defense, Taylor Mays (S), Rey Maualuga (ILB) and Brian Cushing (OLB/DE). Mays - it is difficult to grade Safety play because often they are not even in the picture, from what I did see he moves very well and hits very hard and plays with a lot of confidence. If his size is real (225+ estimates) he would be a nice match beside Merriweather. I haven't seen enough to give a rating but likely between 15 -25 based on his pub. Rey Maualuga - He has been hated on my some but every game I watch him play he is the best player on the field, moves very well, punishes when he hits, can blitz, can cover. Specifically I heard he could not take on guards, he must read this board because several times he slammed a FB or a guard at the point of attack, closing a running lane. I see him as a top 10 pick, and early favorite for DROY. If SF takes him and places him beside Willis they will have quite the set of young studs at ILB. Cushing - Reminds of a faster Vrabel, not dominant or elite in any category but solid or above average across the board. Big kid, moves well, get to the QB, sets the edge. I see him being picked around 30-40. Of course these players are protected by superior college D lineman and it was Stanford but don't be surprised to see 3 Trojans on defense taken in the first round plus 3 or 4 more by the end of the draft. Random thought - looking back at the 03 & 04 defenses the Patriots had a B or better player at every position, plus decent depth. Maybe Law was an A or A+ but what made them good was there was no obvious weaknesses, with 4 picks in the top 100 hopefully they can add a B+ and a B player to the defense.