HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- NFL teams held mini-camp for rookies this past weekend. It was the first chance for Saint Louis grad Tyson Alualu to show he deserved being taken 10th overall in April's draft.
In all 5 of Jacksonville's practices, Alualu competed at the Defensive Tackle position and coaches say his hustle and speed on the interior of their defensive line fits perfectly as they switch to a 4-3 defense this coming season.
Alualu said despite negative press from national analysts, he's been pleased with the reception he's gotten from Jacksonville fans.
"A lot of people say they've been to Hawaii a lot of people say they've lived there and near where I'm from, so it's nice to know that I have people from back home supporting me."
He also added,"I knew I had to come out here and work and compete with my other teammates and it just really feels like a family bond out here with how the D-line works and the whole team."
Farrington High alum Shawn Lauvao made his debut at the Cleveland Browns rookie-camp this weekend.
At Arizona State Lauvao played Left Tackle, but as soon as he was selected in the 3rd round, Cleveland coaches told him he'd be moved to Guard.
"The biggest thing is just playing with better leverage. In terms of being more on point and playing with better leverage like knee-bend and dropping your hips more. Overall just having better reaction as opposed to trying to just run and smash people. You gotta do it in a more controlled manner."