Draft Profile: Tyson Alualu

NAME – Tyson Alualu

Position – Defensive tackle.

College – California-Berkley.

Status – Senior.

Size/Weight – 6-2 3/8, 295 pounds.

Important numbers – 4.87 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 21 reps on bench press, 35.5-inch vertical jump, 9-feet 8-inch broad jump.

Age – 23 in May.

Honors – First-team All-Pac 10 ’09 … second-team All-Pac 10 ’08 … team captain ’09.

College career – On his first trip to Berkley, Alualu lasted less than week before returning home to Honolulu. He eventually returned, but this time brought his wife and young son. That touch of home allowed him to adjust to college and Pac-10 teams suffered the consequences. In the last two seasons he’s had 22 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks.

Stats of note – 52 games/40 starts (39 in a row) … 195 total tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 16 sacks … 1 INT, 4 forced fumbles, 4 recovered fumbles … 1 blocked kick.

STRENGTHS – Alualu has a low center of gravity and gets under blockers, controlling them … quick feet that allow him to pursue the ball laterally … plays with high effort and he does not stop on any play until the tackle is made … makes plays with 60+ tackles each of the last three years.

WEAKNESSES – Lacks explosion off the snap … not much of a pass rusher and doesn’t do well rushing on the edge … he has a nice spin move inside, but lacks other pass rush technique … Alualu needs to work on improving his upper body strength.

THE RIGHT 53? – The married father of two and the son of a minister, Alualu is as mature as a player coming out of college can be. Combine that with a very strong work ethic and a high football IQ and you’ve got a young man that can provide any team with an improvement to their roster. He has non-stop motor.

What he said – “In the Bible, it says, ‘Train a child the way he should grow, so that when he does grow up, he’ll never depart from it.’ I strongly believe that’s what happened to me and that’s what I want to do for my kids.”

End game – Teams with creative defensive minds will look at Alualu and see all sorts of possibilities

ON THE CHIEFS LIST? – Hard to imagine why Alualu wouldn’t get serious consideration from the Chiefs in the second round. He has one thing that Pioli/Haley love and that’s versatility: he can play every position on the defensive line, inside or outside. His maturity gives him a chance to make immediate contributions.

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