Draft Profile: IDL Jay Tufele, USC

Steve Johnson

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Pos. IDL
Ht. 6’2 1/8′
Wt. 305
Class. 4JR
College. USC
DOB. 7/25/99

Stats/Accolades/History:
2017: Redshirted
2018: 12 games. 23 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 1 int, 1 FR (48 yards, TD), 1 blocked FG
2019: 13 games. 41 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 pass break up
2020: Opted out
Misc. Stats.

Accolades. 2018 Second team All-Pac 12, 2019 First team All-Pac 12,

Injury History. Missed Senior year (2016) of HS, due to torn ligament in foot

History. Four-star recruit from South Jordan, UT. Prepped at Bingham HS where he starred his Sophomore and Junior years. Was invited to the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Also played rugby.

Strengths: Big body, good bulk. Good initial pop. Very strong upper body. Good get off, looks to disrupt immediately. Stack and shed ability. Can rip and react to the football. Strong hands. Reliable tackler, who once he gets his hands on you, you’re not getting away. Very active, good secondary rush effort.

Weaknesses: Average length. Not a great athlete. Tight hipped, lacks change of direction skills. Doesn’t have the longest resume. Only played 2 of his last 5 seasons of football (opt out, redshirt, injury). Questions about maturity. Doesn’t have a go to pass rush move.

Overview: Tufele is a lot quicker when he moves up field, than he is laterally. He’s a disruptive player, with a strong upper body, and he gives 110%. He is a rotation player that could eventually be an every down player. His best fit is a 3-technique, in an attacking defense. Questions about his maturity, health, and ability to diagnose could keep him out of day two.

Evaluation based on. BYU 19′, Notre Dame 19′

Draft Projection: Early Day 3

Draft Grade: 5.49

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