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Stephon Tuitt | Defensive Lineman

Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Age / DOB:  (21) / 5/23/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 303

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Steelers selected Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt with the No. 46 overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Tuitt (6-foot-5, 299) arrived in South Bend as a five-star recruit and made 28 starts, tallying 25 career tackles for loss, 21.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. As a 19-year-old true sophomore in 2012, Tuitt registered 13 TFLs, 12 sacks, and 3 FFs. A 21-year-old NFL rookie, Tuitt is a long-armed (34 3/4") five technique who's still learning how to play. His effort was inconsistent, particularly as a junior in 2013, and he looked stiffer than ever on tape last season after gaining too much bad weight. He slimmed down during the pre-draft phase and offers a very high ceiling. The Steelers, who used their first-round pick on "Mack" ILB Ryan Shazier, continue to get a much-needed youth infusion in their front seven. May 9 - 8:19 PM

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An anonymous NFL scout compared Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt to Falcons signee Tyson Jackson, and didn't mean it as a compliment.

"Same guy," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "That's all he is. Big dude. Zero pass rush." This isn't the first time this offseason that a talent evaluator has anonymously lit up Tuitt. In a NJ.com story last month, an NFC scouting director said of the Fighting Irish lineman: "Lazy. He's an underachiever. I would just say no." An AFC personnel exec in the same report wasn't as negative, but he wasn't exactly complimentary: "I think he's better as a 3-4 end, than a 4-3 tackle. He has the size and build for it. But there were games where he just didn't do anything." Despite the criticism, the 6-foot-6, 322-pound Tuitt will go at the end of Round 1 or the beginning of Round 2 because he's a unique size/speed project once clocked at 4.78 seconds in forty.
May 6 - 10:03 PM

An NFC scouting director said the 2014 defensive line class is the worst he's seen in "a long time."

"It's a bad year," he said, according to nj.com. "It's the worst group I've seen in a long time." One defensive lineman that didn't seemed to impress the panel interviewed for the story was Notre Dame's Stephon Tuitt, a polarizing prospect. Said the scouting director: "Lazy. He's an underachiever. I would just say no." An AFC personnel exec wasn't as negative, but you could almost hear the yawn when reading his text: "I think he's better as a 3-4 end, than a 4-3 tackle. He has the size and build for it. But there were games where he just didn't do anything."
Source: NJ.com
Apr 13 - 6:41 PM

Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt is scheduled to visit the Jaguars.

Tuitt would likely play Red Bryant's defensive role as a closed end if selected by the team, but that would make him a sub-package player early on. Tuitt has generated plenty of top-32 buzz, however, we do not believe his talent warrants that high of a selection.
Apr 8 - 12:36 PM

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock believes Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt will need to play at a lower weight in the NFL.

Mayock thinks he's a borderline first-round pick. "He's gotta be in shape," Mayock said. "If he's up at 325, 330 pounds, that's not him. He's got some tightness in his hips. Now when he's at 310-315, I think you see some flashes of quickness." The 6-foot-6, 322-pound defensive end is a unique size/speed project who was once clocked at 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash, but Rotoworld's Josh Norris says the prospect appears to be "running uphill" when he moves.
Apr 7 - 8:37 PM

Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt visited the Rams on Tuesday, the Steelers on Wednesday, and will meet with the Patriots on Thursday.

It's a busy week for the athletically blessed defensive lineman. Ostensibly an important one, too, as Tuitt will have to convince evaluators that his NFL potential should be quantified by the tape measure as opposed to the game tape. The 6-foot-6, 322-pound defensive end is a unique size/speed project who was once clocked at 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash. His inconsistencies, however, have confounded. Rotoworld's Josh Norris, for one, dismisses Tuitt's movement skills, noting that "it appears he's running uphill at all times."
Apr 2 - 8:30 PM

Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt tweeted he visited the Rams this week.

Tuitt included linebacker Ryan Shazier and cornerback Justin Gilbert, who was known to visit the Rams on Monday, in the tweet. Tuitt would be an interesting fit int he team's even front and likely will not be selected until the second-round.
Apr 1 - 10:20 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper allocated Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt to the Seahawks with the No. 32 in a recent mock draft and wrote that Seattle could "develop him into something special."

Tuitt's physical gifts once had evaluators labeling him a surefire Round 1 selection, but inconsistency during the 2013 season has muddied that prognosis. "You see the physical profile, the versatility and the flash plays and you think he could be the next Richard Seymour," wrote Kiper. "But it's not always there. That said, the Seahawks need to add depth along the defensive line after some departures. I also think the Seahawks could go with a wide receiver here."
Mar 16 - 3:52 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang has heard from some scouts who compare Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt to Richard Seymour.

Tuitt "is highly athletic and possesses the frame to star as either a 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 defensive end... earning comparisons to Richard Seymour from some scouts." After working back from a hernia injury, Tuitt was diagnosed with a Jones fracture in his foot at the NFL Combine. Our own Josh Norris does not like Tuitt's movement skills, as it appears he's running uphill at all times.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 27 - 10:23 AM

Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt pulled out of NFL Combine drills due to a "Jones" fracture in his left foot.

The injury, revealed during an examination at the event, is considered minor and Tuitt is expected to undergo foot surgery in the next seven days. He'll require 6-8 weeks recovery time, which means he'll be healthy in time for May's draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Tuitt as the No. 3 DE, while NFL Media draft analyst and NBC Notre Dame football broadcaster Mike Mayock doesn't see him as one of the best five DE prospects. Regardless, Tuitt's blend of size, speed and athleticism is sure to ticket him into the top-50.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 7:15 PM

NFL Media draft analyst and NBC Notre Dame football broadcaster Mike Mayock doesn't rank Stephon Tuitt as one of the best five DE prospects in the draft.

Most experts disagree with the sentiment. ESPN's Mel Kiper, for instance, ranks Tuitt as the No. 3 DE. This particular evaluation is notable because Mayock is NBC's Notre Dame broadcaster. Mayock believes the 6-foot-6 1/2, 312-pound Tuitt has grown into a five-technique defensive lineman, a DE in a 3-4 alignment. "I think Tuitt, if he went somewhere between 25 and 50, it wouldn't surprise me," Mayock said. However, it's clear that the analyst himself wouldn't invest a pick that high were he employed by an NFL franchise.
Feb 19 - 3:05 PM

Former NFL scout Bryan Broaddus wrote that he was "shocked" by how slow Notre Dame junior DL Stephon Tuitt played on tape.

"No quickness or change of direction," Broaddus tweeted. Tuitt decided to bolt school early and declare for the NFL draft. The 6-foot-6, 322-pound defensive end is a unique size/speed project who was once clocked at 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Although Tuitt is routinely ranked amongst the top prospects in the draft by evaluators, we also maintain a healthy skepticism about the prospect. He gained weight and lost quickness this season, and that's a troubling turn of events for a young man who was essentially undergoing the biggest job interview of his lifetime. It's fair to remember, however, that Tuitt was healing from surgery this offseason.
Jan 10 - 8:20 PM

Notre Dame junior DL Stephon Tuitt will leave school early and declare for the NFL draft.

Tuitt is consistently ranked among the top prospects in the entire draft by many evaluators, but we have a few questions. He gained weight this season and his movement skills dropped at the same time. Tuitt projects as a three or five technique in a versatile front, but he also has a game of ta[e as a nose tackle.
Jan 6 - 10:04 AM

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly asked the NFL's advisory committee for an evaluation on junior DL Stephon Tuitt.

The 6-foot-6, 322-pound defensive end, a third-year junior, is a unique size/speed project who was once clocked at 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Tuitt is likely to be a first-round pick if he enters May's draft, but he could elect to return to school in hopes of jumping into the Top-10 discussion for the 2015 draft. Tuitt said after the team's awards banquet that he will discuss the decision with Kelly and his mother before making an announcement. We'd be surprised if he didn't make the jump.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 01:49:00 PM

Notre Dame and Rutgers will play in the New Era Pinstripe bowl on December 28.

Irish nose tackle Louis Nix III will miss the game due to injury, and it should be the last time we see defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt in a Notre Dame uniform. Add on receiver TJ Jones, left tackle Zack Martin, and outside linebacker Prince Shembo, and last year's BCS contender is losing a lot of talent to the NFL. Rutgers receiver Brandon Coleman has had a down year, and is reportedly conflicted with his NFL decision.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 11:10:00 AM