California Defensive End Tyson Alualu

Tyson Alualu: No. 44, DE/DT, 6-2, 295

A tweener who played the five-technique defensive end spot as a senior, Alualu projects as a three-technique guy in the NFL. His versatility, however, allows him to play as a base defensive end on run downs. Displays a great motor, works hard in pursuit and plays until the whistle. Exhibits good range inside and has the athleticism to get after the ball, consistently making plays off his frame. Seems to be naturally flexible in his lower half. He can really fire off the ball and quickly gets into blocks in the run game. Possesses a good initial thump on contact and does a nice job gaining ball-side leverage, dropping his shoulder and fighting his way through the football. Demonstrates good technique and hand placement on contact. Has the ability to consistently slip blocks and make his way to the football. Possesses a compact arm-over move and exhibits the balance and body control to consistently disengage on contact. But Alualu has a tendency to get upright once an opposing lineman gets his hands on him.

He's stout initially on contact but can be worked over on plays the longer he has to hold the point of attack. Can create space and side-step blocks inside but isn't nearly athletic or explosive enough to consistently create off the edge in space. He's more of a push/pull guy who uses his suddenness and hands to disengage and get after the ball carrier. Doesn't showcase ideal closing speed once he gains a step but plays with the leverage to fight his way through double teams. He has the initial burst to threaten gaps inside. One of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the country, Alualu has the ability to shed blocks and make plays in the run and pass game. He will definitely add some versatility to a defense.

Grade: 6.4

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