BIO: All-America and All-Conference selection as a junior last season after leading the team in tackles totaling 104/13.5/6. Also intercepted three passes and broke up eight more. Sophomore numbers included 98/11.5/3, with four interceptions. Began his college career at Maine.
POSITIVES: Athletic linebacker who plays with a good degree of explosion. Breaks down well, slides off blocks and displays good hand technique protecting himself. Aggressive, forceful up the field and flashes on the scene. Gets depth on pass drops and displays skill in zone. Quick locating the ball in run defense and fires through gaps. Takes good angles to the action.
NEGATIVES: Marginal sideline-to-sideline range in coverage. Overpursues the action, gets sucked up the field and must play with better body control. Not overly instinctive in coverage.
ANALYSIS: A hard hitting linebacker with the versatility to be used at several spots, Tatupu is a hard hitting force who likes physical contact. Built for the weak-side, he must significantly improve his skills in coverage to hold down a starting position in the NFL. Could be considered on the inside for a 34 defense where he is allowed to freely roam to the ball.