Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame
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- Powerful at the point of attack
- Adept at splitting double teams
- Plays with “heavy hands”; good swim and rip moves
- Sheds blocks well
- Very athletic for his size
- Not very quick off the snap
- Inconsistent pad level
- Can struggle to bend the edge
- Off-season hernia surgery, along with a nagging knee issue early in the season, contributed to a slow start by Tuitt. He also gained weight before the 2013 season, and looked more explosive in the 305 range than he does at 320.
Stephon Tuitt is what you would call a “dancing bear”. Tuitt is light on his feet, but with his overwhelming power he can take over games. While he spends most of his time at 5-tech DE in Bob Diaco’s defensive scheme, Tuitt is at his best when he’s allowed to penetrate from the 3-tech spot. For this reason, I have him listed as a DT instead of a DE. While he isn’t exceptionally quick off the snap, his strength and hand usage allow him to move linemen out of his way and he’s hard to stop once he gets a head of steam. In addition, he’s a good enough athlete to change direction and give chase when he needs to. Shedding some weight would allow him to gain back some explosiveness. He would thrive in a role similar to the one the Jets have carved out for rookie Sheldon Richardson.