Biography: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and senior seasons. Total last year included 65/11.5/7.5 after 62/11/6 as a junior.
Positives: Strong, nasty defender with the ability to be used at several spots on the line. Displays good first-step quickness, keeps his pads low to the ground, and gets leverage on opponents. Breaks down well, rarely off his feet, and quickly locates the ball. Smart football player, keeps his feet driving on contact, and fires through gaps up the field. Consistently focused on or double teamed by opponents in the middle of the line. Displays good hand technique and an array of moves getting off blocks. Chases the action hard and plays with a non-stop motor.
Negatives: Lacks natural bulk and at times easily controlled by a single blocker. Marginal speed. Minimally effective as a pass rusher.
Analysis: A productive defender at Cal, Aluala offers possibilities at defensive tackle in a conventional four-man line or as a two-gap end in a 3-4 alignment. He plays bigger and faster than his measurables and will be an asset for any team that selects him.
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