Inside the Pac-12

April 23, 2010 4:26 PM

Two California Players Selected In Round 1

The California Golden Bears had two players selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Jahvid Best and Tyson Alualu. It was expected that Best would be selected in the second round of the NFL Draft, but the Detroit Lions felt it was necessary to move from the 2nd pick of round two to the 30th pick in round one. The Jaguars were criticized for taking Alualu with the 10th pick. There was talk for the last couple of weeks that Tyson was shooting up a lot of team's draft boards. Alualu was projected as a 2nd round pick, but he ended up being the 3rd D-linemen taken in the 2010 NFL Draft.

The Detroit Lions gave their QB Matthew Stafford another weapon. Now Stafford has Calvin Johnson at WR, Brandon Pettigrew at TE and Best at the RB position to complement inside runner Kevin Smith. Best is a threat to score every time he touches the ball and he should also become a big part of the Lions passing attack. The Jaguars will rely on Alualu to complement John Henderson and Derrick Harvey. Over the next few seasons Tyson's production will be compared to players who were picked after him such as Brandon Graham, Jason Pierre Paul, Derrick Morgan and Dan Williams. The Bears continue to have players go in the first round of the NFL Draft and that is a sign that Jeff Tedford is able to recruit talented players and develop them.

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