Tuipulotu (TOO-ee-poo-LOE-too) is the second interior defensive lineman to join the Eagles in this year’s draft with Philly taking Milton Williams on Day 2. He figures to be a rotational lineman in the NFL.
There was thought Tuipulotu would go higher in the draft but he fell further than expected, potentially due to medical concerns.
Here’s a scouting report via NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein:
Tuipulotu can play both nose and three-technique. He really raised his profile in 2020 with more consistent tape relative to his total number of games played in the Pac-12. He’s a little undersized to be an interior run stuffer but makes up for it with excellent use of hands and twitchy upper-body power to jostle and shed blocks. The sack production looks OK but he is lacking a go-to move and a counter to get quick wins needed along the interior. He will need to add more mass to play nose in the pros but does have the strength and toughness to find reps at the position. Tuipulotu will check all the boxes for personal and football character and could become a solid rotational defender in an even-front scheme.
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