Dec 28, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive end Stephon Tuitt (7) celebrates after sacking Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chas Dodd (19) in the fourth quarter of the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Notre Dame won 29-16. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Round 2: Pittsburgh Steelers Select DT Stephon Tuitt


 

The first round of the NFL Draft was unpredictable and crazy. The second round is a little tamer, but the picks come in much more furiously. With the 46th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Pittsburgh Steelers selected DT Stephon Tuitt out of Notre Dame.

Stephon Tuitt is a big 6’6”, 304lb defensive tackle originally from Miami, Florida. He started all 13 games for the Fighting Irish last season and recorded 49 tackles and six sacks after a slow start from recovering from sports hernia surgery. He did not work out at the Combine because he had a hairline fracture in his foot but did participate in the bench press where he did 31 reps.

Here are some of his highlights.

Clearly this is a pick aimed to fill the holes on the defensive line and it looks as though the Steelers defense is getting younger before our very eyes.

What are your thoughts, Steeler Nation?

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  • OVP66223

    Great value when Tuitt dropped into their laps. Thank goodness they didn’t reach for a WR or CB. WR was strong in this draft, but already saw about 8 go and those taken after the Steelers were 4th or 5th round types being overdrafted. We drafted best available with a small nod toward need instead of reaching.

    Needs going into the draft:

    DL (depth or NT more important, but only one starter set, Heyward)
    CB (we get ours in 3rd – 5th rounds most of the time and no CB1s in this draft)
    LB (only Timmons and Jones would be left after 2014, Worilds will NOT be overpaid and will be a UFA)
    WR (we have a decent collection now, but another weapon that could see the field in some way would help)
    PLAYMAKERS/SPEED – we were too slow and had literally no playmakers on defense

    Filled:
    DL (Tuitt along with Heyward, Cam Thomas, McClendon and the various other NT they have is a promising DL unit, though NT will need worked out, we do have several BIG bodies and should be able to find a solid NT from this group)

    LB – AWESOME. We shored up all of our LB weaknesses, lack of speed, no playmakers, with the pick of Shazier

    WR – This feels like a slot/RB hybrid in round 3, but at least he is the fastest player in the 2014 draft, even if we didn’t get some stiff 6-5 WR that everyone seems to drool over. He is strong for a small guy, so that is a plus (20 reps of 225).

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    Needs left (rounds 4-7):

    CB (they’ll draft at least one and hopefully bring in a couple of undrafted FAs from smaller schools as well)
    OL depth (another versatile OL would be nice)
    NT (adding one more to the mix would be wise
    LB (we still need another LB as Worilds won’t be around, leaving us with Jones, Timmons and Shazier and backups)

    • OVP66223

      Almost nailed it. Got a CB, versatile OL, a DT/NT, an LB and a tall WR.