The Jacksonville Jaguars pulled the first stunner of the 2010 draft with the selection of California's Tyson Alualu with the tenth pick of the draft.
The Cal defender had been earning some late buzz in the weeks preceding the draft and I listed him as a player who could be a surprise first rounder. I'd even spoken to his agent, who, not surprisingly, expected Alualu to make the first round, though I don't know he anticipated that it would come this early.
Unlike many of Jacksonville's other high round gambles on defensive linemen, Alualu isn't particularly blessed with elite athleticism or upside. He might be the safest defensive lineman in this draft not named Ndamukong Suh. He played outside at defensive end in Cal's 3-4 scheme, but will likely be asked to move inside at defensive tackle for the Jaguars.
Despite the perception that he's a reach, he'll prove to be an immediate starter and I have no doubt enjoy a long and productive career.