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Stephon Tuitt, DT

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Monroe, GA
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 304 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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4051-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Philadelphia Eagles | #22
    Productive and light on his feet for a 300-plus pounder, Tuitt could be one of the needed reinforcements up front.
  • Baltimore Ravens | #16
    Baltimore needs to continue and build their front-seven and Tuitt gives him a low risk, high reward option on the defensive line.
  • Seattle Seahawks | #32
    Until they add a veteran player up front, I will keep him here.
  • San Francisco 49ers | #30
    The 49ers could take a receiver like Kelvin Benjamin but there is depth at the wide receiver position and the Niners have aging starters at the defensive five techniques. Tuitt is a big man that can run and has 41 plays behind the line of scrimmage in 35 games.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Tantalizing upside. Highly athletic frame despite massive size. Impressive combination of length, power and surprising quickness. Scheme versatility for the 3-4 and 4-3, possessing the size of most interior linemen while maintaining the quickness to provide a rush off the edge.

WEAKNESSES: Arrived to 2013 fall came out of shape following hernia surgery and struggled to dominate as he had as a sophomore. Lack of consistency was a concern as a junior.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

After Monroe Area High School had posted a combined 0-20 record over the previous two seasons, Tuitt helped lead his team to an 11-2 record and a third-round appearance in the Georgia Class AAA state playoffs as a senior.

Tuitt also saw time at tight end, but made his biggest impact on the defensive line, going on to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio before arriving in South Bend.

He saw action in nine games as a freshman, including three starts, and recorded 26 of his 30 tackles over the final season games of the season. That development would continue into the spring, setting the stage for a breakout 2012.

Tuitt started all 13 games as a sophomore, posting 47 tackles, including 13 for loss, a team-high 12 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and a blocked kick.

Most expected Tuitt to dominate again in 2013, but he showed up to fall practice with additional weight and struggled to make the same impact early in the season. His play improved throughout the course of the year, however, and Tuitt decided to make the jump to the NFL, foregoing his senior season.

Tuitt was long expected to leave Notre Dame following his junior season, and returned to Georgia to discuss the decision with his mother before making it public.

"I just relaxed, thought about it, hung out with my family, prayed about it," Tuitt told SI.com in a phone interview Sunday. "I'm ready for it, and this is something I want to do.

"I'm ready to take my game to another level. Research had nothing to do with it. All I did was work out pros and cons, and that helped me realize I have more pros than cons and I'm ready to go. I'm comfortable and confident and I'm ready to take this step for me."

Tuitt told SI.com that evaluations from the NFL Advisory Committee - a second-round grade according to Irish coach Brian Kelly - and others did not factor into his decision.

"I didn't look at any of that stuff," Tuitt said. "That stuff didn't mean anything to me. What meant more to me was, after the season was over, I thought long and hard and I'm ready to go to the next level. I prayed about it, talked to my family, I really took time to myself to see if I'm ready for that."

Kelly had held out hope Tuitt would return to school to finish his degree.

"I think you come to Notre Dame to get a degree, and I think getting a degree is very important in this whole process," Kelly said after the regular season.

Tuitt said part of the decision-making process with his mother was the agreement he will eventually return to Notre Dame to earn his degree.

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04/03/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: Notre Dame's Nix, Martin take care of business...Projected top-100 draft pick DL Stephon Tuitt was also on campus for the workouts, but didn't participate as he rehabs from left foot surgery - a surprise injury the medical staffs found at the NFL Combine. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
 

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