HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Defensive end Tyson Alualu played his high school football at St. Louis, played his college football at the University of California, Berkley, and now, after being taken a surprise 10th overall in the 2010 NFL draft, Alualu will play professional football with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"I was definitely shocked when they called my name. Even having that phone call. I didn't think it was going to be a call to congratulate me to be a Jaguar. Nobody thought I would be picked that early, but that was in God's plan. That's how I feel man, saying that was all God," Alualu told Hawaii News Now while celebrating with friends and family in Kalihi.
Some scouts labled Alualu as "a bit of a tweener (combination of height and weight) for an NFL defensive lineman. They said he does not 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. But they concede he has 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.
The Jaguars were dead last in quarterback sacks last season (14). Alualu and off-season acquisition Aaron Kampman will be expected to improve the pass rush this coming season.
Last year's 10th overall pick, Michael Crabtree, signed a six year contract with the San Francisco 49ers believed to be worth $32 million with $17 million in guaranteed money.
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