Prospect Profiles: Tyson Alualu

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Next up is a defensive tackle who is being mocked to the Giants A LOT in the second round out and about.

Let’s take a look at what Tyson Alualu brings to the table.

Prodraft Party Video (vs USC)

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6’3 295 pounds. 4.87 40. 21 reps on the bench press.


Career: 187 tackles, 1 FF, 1 INT, 15 sacks.

2009: 58 tackles 7 sacks.

Big Games:

@ Minnesota 6 tackles, 2 sacks

@ Oregon 8 tackles, 1 sack

vs Oregon State 9 tackles

vs Arizona 6 tackles, 1 sack

@ Washington 8 tackles

Tyson Alualu was pretty productive this year. 7 sacks for an interior defensive linemen is good. 10.5 Tackles for loss is also quality.

Scouting Reports

Excellent athlete for an interior lineman. Very active and plays with a motor that never dies. Consistently gets into the backfield using his bull rush. Does a job job staying low and using leverage to get past bigger offensive linemen. A team leader on and off the field; was a team captain as a senior. Has enough speed to occasionally make plays in pursuit.
Doesn’t have elite size; won’t be a great fit for every defensive scheme. Relies heavily on his bull rush, which won’t work with the same consistency in the NFL. Overaggressive as a pass rusher causes him to be a liability against the run at times.
Alualu, who is married with two children, is the type of high-intensity player and team leader that coaches love. He’ll ace all his interviews with teams and win over a lot of coaching staffs with what he brings to the locker room. Given his lack of elite size, some teams may not consider him a fit for their system. He would be an ideal fit as a three-technique tackle in a 4-3 scheme, or potentially a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme.

ESPN Scouts Inc.

Production 2 “2006: (13/1) 16 tackles. 2007: (13/13) 52 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 4 FR, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 blocked kick. 2008: (13/13) 62 tackles, 11 TFL, 6 sacks, 2 PBU, 2 FF; Second-team All-Pac-10 selection.”
Height-Weight-Speed 2 “Prototypical height and above-average top-end speed, but below average bulk. “
Durability 1 Has appeared in every game of collegiate career.
Intangibles 2 “Can line up at DT or DE on either side, and even has some experience dropping into coverage. Recipient of Cal’s Brick Muller Award as the team’s most valuable defensive lineman in both 2007 and 2008.”
Defensive Tackle specific Traits
Strength/Toughness 2 Plays with an edge and looks to drive offensive linemen back when he gets under their pads. Both upper- and lower-body strength appear above-average on film. Strong and heavy handed. Displays a violent and powerful initial punch Plays with a relentless motor as a pass rusher but he will sometimes gear down prematurely when pursuing the run.
Quickness(hands/feet) 3 Gets into blockers pads quickly and uses hands well to disengage. Quick enough to establish position but lacks elite first-step quickness and snap anticipation is just adequate.
Versus the Run 2 More stout than his size suggests and even flashes the ability to hold ground against double teams. Generally stays low and gets under the blocker’s pads. Plays with a wide base and keeps his head up so he can locate the ball. Flashes the ability to shed blocks in time to make plays at the line of scrimmage and is a powerful tackler who wraps up on contact. Takes adequate pursuit angles but lacks elite range and is not going to chase down many backs. Footwork is inconsistent. Lunges at times and can lose balance.
Pass Rush Skills 3 Adequate bull rusher who flashes the ability to collapse the pocket. Does a good job of getting his hands up when he sees the quarterback start his throwing motion. Fights to get off blocks and can make plays with second effort but doesn’t force offensive linemen to move their feet enough. Doesn’t show a variety of double moves and needs to do a better job of setting offensive linemen up. Would struggle to turn the corner if asked to line up at end in the NFL and is not going to win many battles with his first step when lined up on the inside. Can get caught out of his rush lane.

Big Board Rankings

ESPN Scouts Inc 46th

Draft Board Insider #91 53

CBS NFL Draft Scout 45

where the mocks have him falling 2nd round pick #46 New York Giants 3rd round pick #74 Jacksonville Jaguars

Footballs 2nd round NY Jets pick #61 2nd round pick #48 Carolina

Bartolis Summary and Final Verdict

Tyson’s Alualu is a hard working defensive tackle who lacks elite athletic ability.  That is not to say that he’s not a good player. He’s productive and has improved greatly the past two seasons. This is usually a sign of a player who is receptive to coaching.

Tyson Alualu though, is also a bit undersized and may struggle vs the run in the N.F.L.

Final Verdict

I have no problem with the giants picking Tyson Alualu in the second round of the N.F.L. draft, although it’s not a sexy pick and it’s not a pick that I’m in love with

the first reason is because I prefer Texas Lamaar Houston (who is being mocked at about the same position) to Tyson Alualu is and I just think Houston is the better player.

So if they are both there I personally prefer Houston more (although a lot of people like Alualu here)

The other reason is I don’t think he’ll be the best player available.

I think there are going to be a few players who fall further than they should.

One might be Jahvid Best.

Or a player like an OT like Roger Saffold or maybe even Trent Williams (Highly unlikely)

maybe a S like Nate Allen or Morgan Burnett or a LB like Brandon Spikes maybe Taylor Mays (highly unlikely)

but I think there is going to be ONE Projected first round pick who falls much further than we think (William Betty from last year or Rey Maluaga)  or someone.

Previous Profiles

S Darrell Stuckey

OT Vladimir Ducasse

S Myron Rolle

LB Pat Angerer

Morgan Burnett

DT Cam Thomas

LB Navorro Bowman

Athlete Dexter McCluster

CB Joe Haden

S Nate Allen

Jason Pierre Paul

DT Geno Atkins

DT Lamarr Houston

RB Jahvid Best

OT Trent Williams

Derrick Morgan

OL Mike Iupati

S Chad Jones

OLB/DE Sergio Kindle

Sean Weatherspoon

ILB Sean Lee

S Eric Berry

OT Bruce Campbell

ILB Daryl Washington

DT/NT Dan Williams (Updated with K.C. Joyner’s Draft Lab 2/7)

CB Kyle Wilson

DT Jared Odrick

DE Carlos Dunlap

ILB Micah Johnson

DT Arthur Jones

OT Bryan Baluga

OT Anthony Davis (UPDATED 2/5/10)

DT Brian Price

ILB Brandon Spikes

S Earl Thomas

ILB Rolando McClain

RB C.J. Spiller

S Taylor Mays

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