Football: Could Thursday be the day for Alualu?

NFL.com draft analyst Mike Mayock said Tyson Alualu’s stock has risen as much as anyone on the draft board. Now there’s talk of him even getting picked in the first round.

Could Alualu even be picked before Jahvid Best?

Alualu is holding out hope that his name is called during Thursday’s first round. But one thing is clear, he should be off the board by the middle of round 2 on Friday.

“I just want to be picked as high as I can,” Alualu said today from Honolulu, where he has been working out since Cal’s Pro Day. “But it doesn’t really matter. For me, I’m just excited and blessed to be in this position right now. It’s always been a dream of mine and I’m just that much closer to actually living it.”

Alualu took in-person visits to New England, Denver and Dallas and had a workout with Atlanta and a few other teams at Memorial Stadium. He said some teams look at him as an end or a tackle in the 4-3, depending on down and distance. Some teams see him as a 3-4 defensive end while one team even projects him as a nose tackle in the 4-3.

“I have a lot of opportunities,” Alualu said. “I don’t mind playing any position. Whatever teams picks me up, I’ll play where they want me to play.”

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.