Prospect Profile: Tyson Alualu's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber profiles the top prospects eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. Learn about California defensive tackle Tyson Alualu inside.

Tyson Alualu
School: California
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6-2
Weight: 295
Projected 40-Time: 4.85

Star Rating: Grade: 83
Draft Projection: 3rd Round

Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of February 1st) in the 2010 Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:

85-100 = 1st - 2nd Round
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th Round
_55-69 = 5th - 6th Round
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA

Alualu had a productive career at Cal, but is a tweener.
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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.

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