Marlon Tuipulotu Draft Profile and Scouting Report

USC DL Marlon Tuipulotu  is profiled in advance of the 2021 NFL Draft

Name: Marlon Tuipulotu

School: University of Southern California

Year: rJr

Position: Defensive Tackle

Measurements: 6’2” 305 lbs/




General Info: Marlon Tuipulotu was a high 4 star defensive lineman coming out of Independence, Oregon. He was the #1 recruit coming out of the state of Oregon and the 5th ranked defensive lineman in the nation. A two time 5A state defensive player of the year, he accumulated an astounding 74 tackles for loss and 31 sacks in his high school career. Tuipulotu started 10 games as a redshirt freshman and never gave up his starting spot, culminating in a 1st team All Pac 12 season as a Junior.


Position Skills: Tuipulotu is a run stuffing defensive tackle. He has an extremely strong upper body which he utilizes to deliver a jolting initial punch to offensive linemen. He has an unbelievable push-pull maneuver that he uses to defeat blockers once they overcommit. He shows great lateral quickness once he executes the move to skirt around the blocker and disrupt the play. By many accounts, he had a very good week at the Senior Bowl, putting more than one offensive linemen on skates with his push-pull.

Tuipulotu needs to broaden his techniques verses the run. As strong as he is in the upper body, he sometimes relies on that too much and gets too high against opposing linemen. He needs to consistently keep better leverage as he can get moved by double teams. Tuipulotu has all of the physical tools to be a great run stopper at the next level, but a position coach is going to need to instill better technique in him.

Tuipulotu wasn’t overly disruptive as a pass rusher. His 4.5 sacks as a redshirt freshman were promising, but he never duplicated those numbers again. His leverage can become an issue here as well, as he needs to set up his swim move better as he can get too high and be taken out of the play. Also, for a man with his strength, he doesn’t show the type of pocket-collapsing bull rush one would expect.


Fit with the Packers: Tuipulotu looks to be a two down defensive linemen in the NFL. With better technique he could become a sold run stuffer. He is very strong, has good quickness for a man his size, and shows good lateral agility. His issues stem from inconsistency from down to down. He is a typical fit for Green Bay, as they could use another effective big body to pair with Kenny Clark. If put in a defensive line room with the likes of Clark, he very well may polish his game and be a great addition. He is projected as possibly going on day 2 of the NFL Draft, but I prefer him in round 4 at the earliest.


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splitpea1's picture

February 24, 2021 at 04:09 pm

Oh, I don't know about Round 4 at the earliest; the athletic big bodies don't grow on trees. Other reports say he has three-down value, plays with lots of energy and effort, and has the potential to be a dominant run defender (hello, Packer management!) Right now he may be a little on the light side, but gaining weight is generally not a problem for these guys.

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nicktadams's picture

February 24, 2021 at 11:46 pm

Exactly! Not too many big men who can move like this. All in for DL additions for our team.

1 points
jannes bjornson's picture

February 25, 2021 at 05:48 am

More weight = less quickness. He's fine at 305 lbs. A three-tech like Daniels.

1 points