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NFL Draft

2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: IOL Taaga Tuulima

  • The Draft Network
  • February 8, 2021
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PROSPECT SUMMARY - TAAGA TUULIMA

Taaga Tuulima aligned at center for Hawaii’s offense. He is a marginal athlete with regards to agility and body control. He is a little undersized, with regards to ideal parameters for the position. He is physical in the run game and has very good block temperament. He is physically tough and competitive on the interior. In the passing game, he demonstrates good hand quickness to snap and get his hands ready to punch. He doesn’t redirect laterally well and will have problems with more athletic rushers inside. 

Ideal Role: PUDFA/Developmental player.

Scheme Fit: Zone blocking scheme.

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Drae Harris

Games watched: Fresno (2020), SDSU (2020), UNM (2020)

Best Game Studied: UNM (2020)

Worst Game Studied: SDSU (2020)

Competitive Toughness: He demonstrates good competitive toughness, as evidenced in his tenacity to finish in the run game.

Balance: He demonstrates below-the-line balance and has been on the ground too often for your liking. He needs to work on sustaining his base through contact. 

Anchor: He is strong and competitive but his anchor overall is average. This stems to some degree from knee bend issues that result in high hips. 

Lateral Mobility: He has marginal lateral mobility, as evidenced in his ability to redirect on defenders on counters.

Power at P.O.A.: He demonstrates average power at the point of attack, as evidenced in his punch and his ability to handle the bull rush. 

Hand Technique: He demonstrates below-the-line hands. He needs to improve his timing and the effectiveness of them.

Football IQ: He has marginal football IQ, as evidenced in his ability to anticipate stunts and games.

Versatility: He lacks true versatility and is best suited to play center. Without much appeal across the line, he feels somewhat pigeonholed into a low draft value. 

Pass Set: He is below the line in his pass set and also has issues anchoring against explosive defenders.  

Flexibility: He has average flexibility. His inability to bend well also contributes to him struggling to anchor.

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Drae Harris: 64/100

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