Tyson Alualu – Jacksonville
Jaguars DT Tyson Alualu
The Jags first pick, Alualu is a starter at defensive tackle in a 4 front. The official stats credited him with only 1 tackle. I had him for 1 tackle and 1 assist and 2 quarterback pressures. While his stats aren’t great he plays a very consistent game. He is quick off the ball and is very strong at the point. He has the power to hold his ground and occupy blockers. With his hand use he can shed quickly and get to the ball. At this time he is more of a bull rusher than a finesse rusher but he does have good hand use and he never gives up. He goes all out until the whistle blows. Alualu is going to be a good player for years to come. He earns a B+.
Austen Lane – Jacksonville
Lane starts at left end and usually plays only in run down situations. He is tall and long, has a bit of a narrow frame and still has to get a little stronger. He plays hard, you see consistent determination when he is in the game. He will get tall when coming off the ball at times and when this happens he gets neutralized, but when he stays low he can get penetration. With his long arms he shows he can play with leverage and has fairly good hand use. The best thing he does is pursue the ball. There was one play when he ran across the field to catch Darren McFadden.
He doesn’t get a lot of opportunities to rush the passer but when he does he gets off the ball quickly and shows some edge speed. He needs to improve his hand use when pass rushing but because of his play speed, height and length he can still be somewhat effective.
Lane shows good toughness, as he injured his leg in the third quarter but returned 2 series later. Overall, this is a raw player with a lot of upside, he earns a B-.