Posted on: April 22, 2010 8:54 pm

Jags pull the first stunner with Alualu

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.
Posted on: September 26, 2009 6:18 pm

Welcome back Ed Dickson

One of the missing elements of Oregon's offense over the first 3 games of the season had been big-play tight end Ed Dickson. The Cal Golden Bears, however, must be wishing Dickson hadn't discovered his game today, as the second-team All-Pac-10 pick has been unstoppable this afternoon, racking up 11 catches for 148 yards and 3 touchdowns with over 2 minutes still to go in the 3rd quarter.

Dickson has been used on a variety of routes, showcasing his unique blend of size (6-3, 245), strength, agility and speed. Blessed with soft hands and good vision in the open field, Dickson has caught everything thrown his direction and quickly turned upfield for positive yardage. His latest touchdown came off a screen, in which Dickson turned, caught the quick pass and read his blocks correctly to scoot free into the open field for a 36 yard score.

With his play today, Dickson certainly deserves consideration for Player of the Week honors in our fifth edition of the 2009-2010 Draft Slant, our weekly PDF on sale now .

Among the other early favorites to be included are:

Cincinnati WR Mardy Gilyard (Potential Player of the Week)
Cincinnati QB Tony Pike
Virginia Tech OG Sergio Render
Mississippi State RB Anthony Dixon
LSU DE Rahim Alem
LSU WR Brandon LaFell (potential Player of the Week)
Cal DT Tyson Alaalu
Alabama DT Terrance Cody
Alabama OG Mike Johnson
Arkansas OG Mitch Petrus
Michigan DE Brandon Graham
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