Four-year starter named Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 in 2016, making 45 tackles (four for loss) with two sacks. Redshirted in 2015 after getting suspended from the program for a violation of team rules. Earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 in 2014 with 29 tackles (four for loss) and three sacks. Made 50 tackles (7.5 for loss) with 1.5 sacks in his first two seasons at Colorado, garnering Freshman All-American recognition in 2012.
Powerful nose tackle best occupying the gaps. Strong in his lower body and stands up blockers or bull rushes opponents off the line. Plays with knee bend and proper pad level and is rarely off his feet. Impossible to move off the point, resilient and fights to make plays. Flashes the ability to slide down the line of scrimmage and chase the action.
Lacks great first-step quickness and late off the snap. Heavy-footed and really best in a small area. More of a gap occupier who does not make many plays on the ball.
Tupou is a resilient prospect who showed great maturity on and off the field last season. Though he needs to get his weight down, he is one of the more underrated nose tackle prospects in this year’s draft.