Chicago Bears Draft Pick No. 57: Tuli Tuipulotu, DE - USC
The Chicago Bears now add to the defensive trenches. Tuli Tuipulotu has plenty of versatility. He can play on the inside or the outside, but watching him play on the outside this past season makes me think he'd be best suited as a defensive end in an even front (4-3). He has solid length, but what I truly enjoy is his burst off the line. Tuipulotu also has a high motor that never seems to quit. This will fit in nicely with Matt Eberflus and his HITS principles.
The Bears' defense struggled to get to the quarterback last season and defensive pass rush needed to be a priority in this draft. Tuipulotu is a better run defender than Dominique Robinson and could push to start opposite Trevis Gipson almost immediately.
Watching Tuipulotu on film, he has multiple pass-rush moves that make him dangerous. He struggles at times when going up against offensive tackles with great length. If he cannot get on the inside, he can get pushed out to the outside and out of position. However, his high motor keeps him in play on almost every down. The Bears will have to decide if they want him playing on the outside or inside and he will need to either cut or put weight on.