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Jay Tufele: What To Know After Declaring For 2021 NFL Draft

  • The Draft Network
  • August 19, 2020
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USC Trojans interior defensive lineman Jay Tufele announced on Wednesday that he is declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft. The news comes in the wake of the Pac-12 postponing their 2020 season earlier this month because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is what our scout Drae Harris had to say about Tufele:

He is a disruptive player with powerful and explosive hands. Single-gap schemes, particularly 4-3 teams, will love this player.

Earlier this month, notable names like Miami Hurricanes EDGE Greg RousseauPenn State Linebacker Micah ParsonsVirginia Tech CB Caleb FarleyMinnesota WR Rashod BatemanPurdue WR Rondale Moore and Pitt Panthers defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman opted out of the 2020 season. On Tuesday, Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield declared for the 2021 NFL Draft in the wake of the Big Ten postponing its season. Earlier on Wednesday, Wake Forest Demon Deacons wide receiver Sage Surratt opted out.

Tufele had 41 total tackles (5.5 for loss) and 3.5 sacks for the Trojans last season. In 2018, he had 23 total tackles (4.5 for loss), 3.0 sacks, and one interception. The 300-pounder recently came in at No. 29 on the TDN Top 100 big board.

Here are some excerpts from his scouting report. You can read the full report here.

PROS: Tufele aligns at defensive tackle for the Trojans' even-front defense. He aligns at the 1-shade and the 3-tech and is a capable projection to either role at the pro level. He is a good athlete with good quickness, balance on the interior, and body control. In the passing game, he is sufficient generating pressure. Tufele is an explosive athlete who uses his powerful hands to defeat interior linemen inside and get to the QB.

CONS: This is a player who has some dominant reps over the course of the game. He can afford to be more consistent at playing with good pad level. He has a swim move that he uses inside, however, he can afford to develop a legitimate counter and complementary move as well.

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