2019 Cardinals Draft Profile
7th Round – Undrafted
Tiuli (pronounced Tee-oo-lee) is a local kid who stayed home and play for Eastern Washington University. The FCS team made it to the national championship game this past season before losing to North Dakota State. Tiuli graduated from Federal Way High School in 2014 was considered one of the top 100 prospects within the state of Washington. He received All-Big Sky honors twice and was voted the Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year this past season. Tiuli was also named to the FCS All-American team by the Associated Press.
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Tiuli is more of a depth addition for the Arizona Cardinals. The defense finished 2018 ranked last against the run. Someone like Tiuli can help with that. He is a player best suited in short yardage situations as well as in a rotation on early downs. Playing either the zero or one technique in the 3-4 alignment is where Tiuli would be best suited. He would be the second or third option behind Corey Peters. Being from a small school should not be an issue as Tiuli was a dominant force against the competition.
Strong hands during initial engagement with blocker. Able to extend arms quickly when engaged. Uses powerful leg drive to push back blocker. Large frame, prototypical body type for position. Does well to split double teams. High motor, consistently around the football and finishes plays. Shows quick recognition on screen plays. Works well to absorb double teams without giving up ground. Has experience playing zero and one technique in run situations and three technique in passing downs. Shows a solid bull rush. Demonstrates strength in wrapping up when tackling. There was a noticeable drop-off when not on the field.
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Lacks explosiveness off the snap. Relies heavily on bull rush and needs to add to pass rushing toolkit. Will be a non-factor in the pass rush early in career. Has battled injuries throughout college career. Speed is about average for the position. Needs to get better of shedding blocker. Can be too aggressive and get caught out of position. Is prone to playing too tall which negates strong lower body. Struggles with quick direction changes. Needs to work on deflecting initial lineman punch. Needs to work on footwork, often takes long strides and can get tripped up in traffic.