The Jacksonville Jaguars certainly had the most shocking pick in the 1st round in the NFL Draft last night. Let's check around the internet for draft grades from the sports world.
This is not really a grade, but a general analysis of the pick from ESPN.com:
What he brings: When you watch Alualu on film the first thing that pops out at you is his hands. He's very active and explosive and if an offensive linemen is able to lock on to him he has the upper-body strength to quickly shed. While he doesn't have great initial quickness he can beat blockers to the point of attack and penetrate, and there's also a lot to like both in pursuit and rushing the passer. Video analysis: Edwards
How he fits: Jacksonville was last in the NFL in sacks last year and even though the Jags signed Aaron Kampman to play the position he likes, 4-3 defensive end, it was not enough. Backups Montavious Stanley and Atiyyah Ellison will be moved out of the defensive tackle rotation, allowing Alualu to spell John Henderson and Terrance Knighton. The Jags definitely needed help on the defensive front and Alualu was a good pick in that sense.
This next grade, a lot more forgiving than I anticipated from CBS Sports Pete Prisco:
No. 10: Jaguars select: Tyson Alualu, DT, California
Analysis: Wow. Is this high? The kid is a good football player, but they could have traded back to get him. Why not a pass rusher? Pierre-Paul was a better pick. He's good, but this is high. C-
Walterfootball.com had some harsh words for the Jaguars pick, but they also droned on and on about the Jaguars picking Tebow for months:
10. Tyson Alualu, DT, California
I love it. The Jaguars probably could have moved down 30 spots and still obtained Tyson Alualu. This is a joke. Jacksonville sets a new low for an NFL Draft grade. (Pick Grade: Millen on LSD)
Another harsh grade from NFL Fanhouse:
Jacksonville -- F : There were whispers that Tyson Alualu would sneak into the first round, but no one could have forecasted the Jaguars making him a top-ten pick.
Frank Tadych from NFL.com says that most analysts had Alualu as a 2nd Round Pick:
The consensus among our analysts was that Alualu was a second-round pick, a drastic gap from where the Jaguars selected Alualu at No. 10 overall.
Pat Kirwan had Alualu rated in the bottom of the second round, in the 60s overall. Gil Brandt also had Alualu in the sixth tier of players — between No. 51 and 60 — in his Hot 100 rankings. Bucky Brooks also had Alualu as a second-round pick, but notes that some felt he’d be taken late in the first-round. The feeling is Alualu is a good player, but no one expected top-10.
John Czarnecki of FOX NFL Sunday also had some harsh words, but he also couldn't spell Alualu:
CZAR'S FRONT OFFICE TAKE: Well, we were right that the Jaguars wanted another pass rusher, it's just that they fooled the world with Cal's Tyson Alualo, who started 39 of 51 games. Alualo had 16 career sacks and 16 quarterback pressures. He's an under defensive tackle who needs to get stronger. A lot of teams had this guy at the bottom of the first round or in the second round, so there's a ton of pressure on Jack Del Rio to make this pick work.
Adam Caplan of Scout.com offers his quick insight:
While some fans may believe the selection of University of California DT Tyson Alualu was a reach, several league sources said he was one of the high risers in this year's draft.
Scouts say Alualu has a great first step and will fit in well with Jacksonville's revamped defensive scheme.
The Jaguars are moving back to a 4-3 scheme this season.
Well, there is a quick round up of some of the draft grades. Not really shocking considering the pick, however I'm not going to make a rush judgement on it.
Did I think it was a reach?
I thought Derek Cox was a reach, too.