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Tyson Alualu (DE)
  • Height:
    6'3"
  • Weight:
    295 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 in.
  • College:
    California
  • Conference:
    Pac-12
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Selected by: Jacksonville Jaguars
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 10 (10)
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Pick Analysis: The Jaguars take the hard-working Alualu to the surprise of many observers in attendance. Although the former Cal star was expected to come off the board in the first round, no one anticipated him going before the likes of Derrick Morgan, Jason Pierre-Paul and Sergio Kindle. With the recent trade of Quentin Groves opening up a spot at defensive end, Alualu gives the Jaguars a high-motor rusher to pair with Aaron Kampman on pass downs.

Overview

Alualu appears to be a bit of a tweener (combination of height and weight) for an NFL defensive lineman. He doesn’t have the great bulk as an interior lineman in a 4-3 front or the ideal height to play end in a 3-4 scheme. Alualu shows deceptive power for his size that can push the pocket as a pass rusher as well as penetrate the line of scrimmage as a run defender. He has quick hands to control and separate from blockers as well as solid instincts to feel pad pressure and maintain leverage in his gap responsibility. Alualu has enough tools and talent to contribute giving depth to an NFL defensive line.


Strengths

Productive talent who played at a high level throughout career earning all-conference recognition. Uses his power to hold up at the point of attack and to push the pocket. Displays the pass rush ability necessary to stay on the field on third down. Exhibits impressive hand use to gain leverage and shed blockers. Is a tough, relentless player.

Weaknesses

Only possesses average size. Lacks the ideal bulk to play inside and the height of a defensive end. Average change of direction in space and doesn’t always locate the football quickly. Only has average range in pursuit and won’t chase down plays from the backside.

Grade

8.2

 

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  • Jaguars pick Alualu

    Published: April 22, 2010 at 08:58 p.m.

    The Jaguars select Cal DT Tyson Alualu with the 10th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

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