The Jaguars front office shocked more than a few people in New York City tonight, as they held onto the 10th spot in the NFL Draft and used it to take California defensive tackle Tyson Alualu.
Heads were turning when the Jags selected Alualu, a 6-foot-2, 295-pound Hawaiian, who was projected by many analysts to be more of a late 1st or early 2nd round pick, and it means the Jags passed on other DE's like Derrick Morgan out of Georgia Tech and Jason Pierre-Paul from USF. In 52 games at Cal, Alualu registered 195 tackles and 16 sacks.
The Jags were dead last in sacks last year with just 14, so drafting a lineman is a sound move, but Alualu lacks the name recognition that many fans expect to come along with a top 10 pick. Alualu will join a defensive line that features the aging John Henderson and second-year DT Terrance Knighton.
Many local fans had been hoping the team would draft hometown hero Tim Tebow, but he was taken by the Denver Broncos with the 25th pick.