Stevie Tu'ikolovatu
Projection
Round 4-5
Grade
B
6.40
Quality Backup

Stevie Tu'ikolovatu

Defensive Tackle
USC
  • Year: Redshirt Senior
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 331
  • 40-Yard: 5.45
  • Arm: N/A
  • Hand: N/A

Strong Points

Huge man with incredible natural strength. Can toy with blockers because he can't be moved off the line of scrimmage. Has good initial quickness and a strong surge to get penetration to disrupt. Gets a good bull rush. Can easily occupy two blockers. Strong tackler, plays hard. Quick reactions.

Weak Points

Too heavy, would be better off at 335. While he has 10-yard quickness, he has no speed. Will never be a pass rusher at the next level. Will chase in pursuit but lacks the speed to make plays.

The Way We See It

Tu'ikolovatu is a pure 3-4 nose tackle. Strictly a two-down player. That said, he can get a push when he rushes the passer. He is very strong and has some explosiveness. Can walk offensive linemen back when he has leverage. Very good at holding the point and occupying more than one blocker. If he drops a little weight and gains a step or two he could be a monster but right now see him as a backup nose who plays in a rotation. Good guy to have for 20-25 downs a game.