Chargers EDGE Tuli Tuipulotu named to PFF’s 2023 NFL All-Rookie Team

The Chargers struck gold with their selection of Tuli Tuipulotu in the second round of the 2023 NFL draft.

Tuipulotu was recognized for his hard work and efforts in his first NFL season, as he was named to Pro Football Focus’ 2023 NFL All-Rookie Team.

Tuipulotu was an outstanding run defender for Los Angeles. His 88.4 PFF run-defense grade not only led all rookies but trailed only Maxx CrosbyDeMarcus Lawrence, and Khalil Mack among qualified edge defenders.

He also finished second behind Anderson with 51 pressures. Tuipulotu was an excellent addition to a team that is perpetually trying to fix their defense.

It didn’t take long for Tuipulotu to make a name for himself upon entering the league, as he flashed behind Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack.

Tuipulotu’s snaps quickly crept up as the weeks went on, and he eventually became a full-time starter when Bosa suffered a season-ending foot injury.

Tuipulotu was a mainstay in opposing team’s backfields on a weekly basis, whether it was generating pressure on the quarterback or stopping the run.

Amid the maddening problems the defense dealt with throughout the season, Tuipulotu remained a bright spot, and the best is still yet to come for the young 21-year-old.

Story originally appeared on Chargers Wire