Tyson Alualu Scouting Report

The Jaguars selection of California defensive tackle Tyson Alualu with the 10th overall selection sent shockwaves through the NFL community. Since that pick, Jaguars general manager Gene Smith has heard more than his fair share of criticism as many labeled Alualu a "reach", and some draft experts had a second round grade on him. Find out what type of player the Jaguars are getting.

Jacksonville has gone into spin mode defending their pick, but the criticism will be there until Alualu proves that he's worthy of the selection.

To find out more about the Jaguars top draft pick, we asked Cal Sports Digest.com publisher Mario Gomez for a scouting report, as he covered each game of Alualu's career.

Tyson Alualu played defensive end in high school coming out of Honolulu St. Louis in the class of 2005. However, after a year off, he entered Cal in the spring of 2006 at 315 pounds. The coaches moved him to defensive tackle – a position he struggled with early because of a lack of strength to compete inside.

One thing, Alualu is a quick learner. He learned and mimicked fellow Cal DT Brandon Mebane and Abu Ma'afala. He improved rapidly notching a then career-high six tackles versus UCLA. Nonetheless, he made the move back to end in 2007 after working hard in the offseason dropping 20 pounds and improving his conditioning.

Cal played a 4-3 defense in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, the Bears switched to the 3-4 front and Alualu found a permanent home at strong side defensive end. There as a 6'3 295-pounder, he was able to use his strength and technique learned from playing inside as freshman combined with his natural instincts as a pass rusher.

Despite his success, earning first team All-Pac-10 team honors in 2009, one could see Alualu would be best as a 3-technique DT in the NFL. But most of his film was as an end. But if he had played in 4-3 front, many more would have saw his ability as top NFL DT prospect as his career progressed.

He is big and agile. He is strong enough to require double-teams yet quick enough to penetrate the gap and wreck havoc in the offensive backfield.

Early in his career, he was young and raw. But he is now an extremely versatile d-lineman with the ability to play inside and outside. Above all, he has great character as he balanced being a father, husband, and student-athlete during his four years in Berkeley.


It appears as if the Jaguars grabbed a versatile lineman who will be able to get some pressure on opposing quarterbacks, which is vitally important when the AFC South features both Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub. Was Alualu a reach? Maybe, but if he turns into a solid player people won't remember where he was picked in a few years.

Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of JagNation.com, a member of the Pro Football Writers of America, and also the co-host of CB Sports Radio on ESPN 1420 in St. Augustine, FL. You can contact him at charlie@jagnation.com or follow him on twitter @nflcharlie


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