The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected former Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt with the 46th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. With the lack of depth on the defensive line, this pick was almost a no brainer. The team was said to have wasted no time submitting their pick. Many analysts projected Tuitt to go sooner, and I also thought he would have gone earlier.
Tuitt discovered that he had a Jones fracture in his left foot in February that required surgery. He should be fully recovered from that surgery now. Tuitt’s production in college was impressive for a 3-4 defensive end. He had 11 sacks in 2012, and 7.5 in 2013, including nine tackles for loss. Tuitt is 6-foot-5½, and weighed 299 at his pro day. One of his criticisms was how his performance dipped after gaining weight, but he said he was able to drop the weight after he left school. “I was able to transform my body when I had one-on-one time with professionals,” Tuitt told reporters at Notre Dame’s pro day.