Draft Profile: BioTuli Tuipulotu from Lawndale High School was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Tuipulotu joined USC.
In 2020 as a freshman Tuipulotu saw action in 6 games and played a total of 201 snaps for the Trojans. He recorded 12 tackles, 6 assists, while adding 10 stops. As a pass rusher, he added 9 total pressures, which included 6 QB hurries, one QB hit, and 2 sacks on the season.
As a sophomore for the Trojans in 2021 Tuipulotu played in 12 games and took part in 630 snaps for the Trojans. He recorded 34 tackles, 14 assists, while adding 24 stops. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 29 total pressures, and 17 QB hurries, 6 QB hits, and a solid 6 sacks during the year.
In 2022 as a junior Tuipulotu played in 13 games and contributed on 688 snaps. He recorded 24 tackles, 10 assists while making 28 stops. As a pass rusher, he produced 51 total pressures, which included 33 QB hurries, 6 QB hits, and a dominating12 sacks on the year.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Tuipulotu can also win going speed-to-power, with the leg drive to push blockers back.
- Shows a natural feel for setting up blockers and getting them off-balance. His hands are active and violent, and Tuipulotu quickly disengages with blockers and counters when his initial move stalls.
- His spin move is already NFL-caliber, and he displays a very good motor.
- Delivers a strong punch and uses his hands to shed blocks to make plays in the hole or outside the box. Uses lower-body strength to anchor inside.
- Combines strength and footwork to fill holes inside, as well. Recovers from cut blocks or falling on his way to make a tackle.
- His core flexibility and balance are excellent, and he has prototypical length.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Tuipulotu doesn’t have the skill set to bend around the edge; he’ll have to attack gaps as a pass rusher.
- Tuipulotu also shows some stiffness when trying to bend the edge, often getting pushed past the pocket — Tuipulotu seems more comfortable countering back inside.
- While he moves well laterally, he doesn’t always get there in pursuit.
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