Tuli Tuipulotu: NFL Draft Scouting Report

Tuli Tuipulotu: NFL Draft Scouting Report
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  • Height: 6’4”
  • Weight 290 lbs
  • College: USC
  • Year: Junior
  • Position: Defensive Line


  • Extremely versatile. Has lined up all over the defensive front, including over the middle.
  • Is a long, lengthy rusher
  • Wins with both speed and power.
  • Combines the speed to win on the outside and power to disrupt over the top
  • He is extremely quick. He has exceptional burst off the line and long, rapid strides
  • He is super twitchy and bendy.
  • He has plenty of skill moves in his pocket where he can dispense swim moves and spin moves. His skill set keeps offensive linemen on their toes.
  • He is a pass-rush specialist and has the skill set to match
  • He is able to contribute in the running game though, where he can shed blocks and chase down runners because of his speed.
  • He has superb, accurate hand placement, which leads to him shedding blocks with ease
  • He has the ability to even drop back into coverage when needed and he has the athletic ability to be successful at it.
  • He is simply everywhere and pops on tape.


  • The main issue is his tackling. He can dive into tackles all too unruly, often off his feet where he misses the tackle when he is the first man there. He is going to need to learn to stay on his feet and wrap up tackles in a more controlled and disciplined way.
  • Will be labelled a tweener due to his ability to line up across the front. Should be a true DE but you have to like the offer of versatility
  • While he has functional strength, he doesn’t have a controlled power game. He is all about speed


Tuli Tuipulotu is a versatile defensive lineman who has production from all alignments across the defensive line. The former Trojan had his most productive year in 2022 and showed the potential of a future NFL Starter. A speedy pass rusher who converts that speed into power, he can get after the quarterback with electric burst. Tuipulotu has all the tools, production and athletic ability to challenge the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

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