Tyson Alualu, the Jaguars' first-round draft choice from California and the 10th player selected overall in April, signed a contract today with the team. Length and terms of the contract are undisclosed. To make room on the roster for Alualu the team waived first-year defensive end Chris Harrington.
Alualu, 23, was one of five defensive tackles drafted in the first round and the third overall, behind Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy. He was the fourth defensive tackle drafted in the first round by the Jaguars and first since 2002 (John Henderson).
Alualu, 6-3, 304, never missed a game in four seasons at Cal, starting 39 consecutive games to end his career. He finished his career with 195 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. He was a three-time winner of the Brick Muller Award as the team's most valuable defensive lineman.
As a senior, Alualu started all 13 games at left defensive end in a 3-4 defense and led all Pac-10 linemen with a career-high 65 tackles. A first-team All Pac-10 selection, he recorded a team-high 7.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. In 2008, he anchored a defense that ranked second in the Pac-10, allowing only 19.9 points a game.
A native of Honolulu, Alualu attended St. Louis High School where he finished his senior season ranked as the number two player in the state by Rivals.com. He has eight siblings and he and his wife, Desire, have a son, Tyree, and a daughter, Dereon.