Tyson Alualu Scouting Report

The Jaguars seemingly came out of nowhere with their selection of California defensive tackle Tyson Alualu. What are his strengths and weaknesses? Find out at JagNation.

Scout.com NFL Draft Expert Chris Steuber had this to say about Alualu in his prospect profile--

Strengths: Alualu is a durable, explosive defensive force who can play in a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense. He gets off the ball with a great first step, is forceful up field and pushes the opposition off the line. He uses his hands well, has great strength and enjoys the physical part of the game. He plays with a lot of intensity and possesses a high motor; he is a very productive player.

Weaknesses: He has to develop more as a pass rusher and use his hands better. He doesn't possess a large repertoire of moves and relies on his natural strength as a pass rusher. He's quick off the snap, but loses momentum when he turns the corner against the opposition. He's a bit of a tweener and doesn't have a primary position at the next level.

Steuber Says: Alualu has been extremely productive and durable during his career at Cal. He had a standout season in '09 registering 65 tackles, 11.5 for a loss, and 7.5 sacks. He will attract a lot of interest from NFL teams that run a 3-4 defense, since that's the defense he played in at Cal. But his skills may translate best to a 4-3 scheme, where he can play inside next to another interior presence that will take pressure off of him. With a solid off-season, Alualau could raise his stock into the second round.

Alualu will now have a major target on his back as nearly everyone outside of the Alualu family had him going in the second round or later.

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