Scout's notebook: MLB Lofa Tatupu

Rookie LB Lofa Tatupu, armed with awareness and intelligence, has instantly emerged as a leader on the Seahawks' defense.

Updated: December 16, 2005, 2:06 PM ET
By Jeff Reynolds | Pro Football Weekly
Lofa Tatupu
Maurice Labrecque/WireImage.comLofa Tatupu has bee a key part of the Seahawks' emergence on defense this year.

His father Mosi Tatupu also played at USC and with the Patriots and Rams. Lofa attended Maine as a freshman before transferring to USC. Sat out one year, then led the team in tackles as a sophomore and junior before declaring for the NFL draft. Seattle traded two fourth-round picks and its second-round pick (No. 54) to move up in the second round, drafting Tatupu 45th overall. Beat out Niko Koutouvides for the starting MLB spot in training camp and has started all 13 games. Leads the Seahawks in tackles by a wide margin. One of the leading candidates for defensive rookie of the year.