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.