With the 189th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected USC DT Marlon Tuipulotu. After selecting DT Milton Williams in the third round, the Eagles continue to add to their DT depth with their selection of Tuipulotu, a shorter 6’2, 317-pound interior lineman. This will hopefully give Fletcher Cox some needed help alongside him on the D Line. After fortifying the USC defensive front alongside Jay Tufele, USC defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu is ready to move up to the next level.
Three-year starter who missed most of his freshman season with a back injury. Possesses great first-step quickness, consistently gets leverage on opponents, and works his hands throughout the action. Athletic, rarely off his feet and fluid moving in any direction. Possesses a closing burst and shows the ability to make plays in space, even when dropped off the line. Plays with balance as well as body control.
Tuipulotu has shown a steady line of progress in his game the past three seasons. He’s a three-technique tackle who must improve his playing strength and complete his game. At his maximum, he could be a productive starter in the right scheme. Nevertheless, as it stands, he profiles as a solid rotational lineman. Moreover, if he can add more natural strength to his game, he could have the versatility to slide up and down the interior, providing value wherever it’s needed. The D Line well have a few new faces this season and I for one am very excited to see what roles this year’s draft picks will play come September. Eagles continue to add D Line depth.. Let’s see if it pays off.