Photo of Taimi Tutogi
Grade
59.8 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'1" Height
  • 260LBS. Weight

Overview

Tutogi is a versatile performer who lined up at tailback, fullback, H-back, and tight end on offense – while also getting work at defensive end when the defense needs to get to the quarterback. His coaches at Chula Vista High School in California could have told you he’d meet that need, as he was his conference’s offensive player of the year while also racking up 11 sacks as a senior end.

Though Tutogi played in 12 games his first year in Tucson, he only received carries in one game (11-50, TD against Washington State) and caught one pass for one yard. His stats weren’t much different in 2010 (1- (-1) rush, 5-63 receiving) while again serving primarily as a blocker, but in 2011 he earned more regular work as a rusher (27-73, four touchdowns) and receiver (11-97, TD).

Analysis

Strengths

Thick but very athletic fullback with the overall skill set to contribute in multiple ways in the NFL. Very good at targeting the opposition’s inside shoulder, forcing the defender to side step away or be sealed off from the running lane. Patient in pass protection, does not lunge. Consistently delivers solid first contact. As a receiver, the outlet line looks just like it would when run blocking, nice disguise. Capable ball carrier, focused on straight ahead runs. Subtly makes defenders miss in the hole and absorbs contact to continue to churn legs for extra yards. Even flashes seeing backside lane on slanting runs. Is not glued to one pass rusher when protecting the pocket, good at handing off and helping. Does not mind going over the pile at the goal line.

Weaknesses

Posture is too high, especially when meeting a linebacker at the second level. Rarely sees time in a traditional I-formation, plenty of pistol. Outside of first contact, the block is rarely sustained. Plays for the first hit instead of running through through the opponent. High posture continues as a ball carrier. If a linebacker delivers first contact with leverage and lower pad level, the defender wins. Runs into blockers too often when carrying the football. When blocking quick lateral moves give him some trouble.

NFL Comparison

Lawrence Vickers

Bottom Line

Tutogi was a two-way high school star, but his production hasn’t been exceptional during his career (121 rushing yards, 192 receiving yards, seven total touchdowns) with the Wildcats. His versatility (he’s played multiple positions on offense and defensive end for Arizona) and physical tools, however, give him strong potential as a lead-blocker and on special teams coverage units.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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