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Pittsburgh Steelers Select DL Stephon Tuitt In Round 2: Reaction & Analysis

After selecting Ryan Shazier in the first round last night, the Steelers front office once again chose not to select a player to fill their biggest needs, those being a cornerback or a wide receiver.  With the 46th overall pick the Pittsburgh Steelers selected defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt from Notre Dame.

Tuitt is a large individual at 6’6″ 304 pounds.  According to scouting reports he is very athletic for a man his size.  He has impressive power and surprising quickness.  Mel Kiper said on ESPN that Tuitt fits extremely nicely as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme.  Some questions about Tuitt, could be his durability in the future.  He had limited participation at the combine due to a hairline fracture in his foot.  He also had a sports hernia surgery entering his junior year at Notre Dame.  Tuitt entered his junior year out of shape and did not perform as well as he did during impressive sophomore campaign.

Even though Tuitt is not a corner or a receiver, the defensive end position was also a pretty big hole if you look at the current depth chart.  Before this pick the possible defensive end starter along with Cameron Heyward were Cam Thomas and Brian Arnfelt.  Thomas signed a two-year deal after starting 10 games last season with the Chargers.  was undrafted last year and only appeared in two games.  The Steelers allowed Ziggy Hood to leave for Jacksonville during free agency. This pick could also mean the end of Brett Keisel’s time in the Steel City. With Tuitt now on the roster it appears unlikely that they would need to bring back the 35-year-old.

I am somewhat undecided on the pick. I think Tuitt can become a very good player in the future and he should be a starter on the defensive line immediately… if he is in shape. He and Shazier are now the future of the defense but only time will tell when their impact will be felt on the field. The thing I don’t like about this pick is that fact that the Steelers have yet to select a cornerback or a wide receiver. They now have to until pick 97 before they can finally address those needs.

What do you think about the Tuitt pick Steelers Nation?

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  • prnitz

    If they felt defensive line was important enough for second round I think Louis Nix was a greater fit for our scheme

    • OVP66223

      Perhaps, I wanted Nix or Tuitt and no other players when they were available so I was quite happy. Nix apparently has major injury and motor concerns. We can’t afford another Ziggy Hood non-impactful linemen. Tuitt had a down year in 2013 (still good) due to pre-season hernia. He was a stud in 2011 and 2012. We got a very good 3-4 DE and between him and Heyward, we should be set for a few years. We have Cam Thomas, McClendon, Fangupo and others to battle it out for NT. None will remind us of Hampton, but we should get a solid starter and a nice rotation to keep DL fresh.

      • scott sinclair

        Don’t rule out McCullers. Nice size for NT. I like Tuitt. Was really hoping they’d grab either Trevor Reilly or Tyler Starr, but alas no. Zumwalt was a nice pick for the defense. Some undrafted FA’s like Glenn Carson or James Morris should be on the Steelers radar for depth. Maybe a corner like Reynolds from Oregon State or Purifoy from Florida could be brought in. As one eval of their draft said…this is a boom or bust class for the Steelers.

        • OVP66223

          He wasn’t drafted when I commented. I would include him now of course, though his height could be a concern (hard to get low enough leverage at 6’6″)

    • OVP66223

      I was just glad we didn’t draft an overrated WR (they had been picked clean in round 1 and early round 2) or some no name CB or OL. We needed DL, LB and CB in this draft and took care of two of those three needs. I do hope they have a promising CB they have projected in round 4 or 5, maybe a slightly overlooked small school type? Also, UDFA’s will hopefully add another two or three DBs into the mix and those can pay dividends as well.