Biography: Three-year starter who posted 16 tackles as a senior. Missed the 2010 season with a knee injury. Junior totals of 2009 included 25 tackles/4 tackles loss/1.5 sacks after he had 12 tackles and three tackles for loss as a sophomore.
Positives: Strong, stout interior defender with limited upside. Fires off the snap with a terrific first step and plays with good lean and power. Tough to move off the point, holds his ground and is explosive.
Negatives: Lacks quick change-of-direction ability. Struggles getting off blocks once engaged at the point of attack. Must improve his hand technique. Minimally productive in college.
Analysis: Tupou is a powerful plugger on the inside who takes up space or occupies blockers, which allows teammates to make plays on the ball. He offers potential as a rotational interior lineman.
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