Notre Dame defensive tackle Stephon Tuitt is a big boy. And when he’s on the field, he makes big boy plays. He might just be one of those players that a team grabs in the middle of the first round just based on his physical talent, skill set, and high ceiling alone.
Tuitt stands 6’6″ tall and weighed in at 304 pounds at the combine. To make that even scarier, he plays like a man that is even physically bigger than that. He can command double teams like a nose tackle, yet rush passers like a defensive end. A team with a need for a defensive lineman in a 3-4 defense would love a player like Tuitt. He could also be a player that 4-3 defenses could move all over the line in pass rushing situations.
Despite being limited at the combine because of recovery from a fractured foot, Tuitt participated in the weight lifting portion of the events. He managed to put up an impressive 31 reps of 225 pounds. His strength should never be a question, but his conditioning should be. He entered the 2013 campaign with extra weight and struggled at the beginning of the season.
33 games played
- 59 solo tackles
- 126 total tackles
- 25 tackles for a loss
- 21.5 sacks
- 4 forced fumbles
- 1 fumble recovery
- 4 passes defended
- 1 interception
- 2 defensive touchdowns
- Physical freak of nature
- Can play in almost any scheme
- Agile and quick
- Can penetrate offensive lines with relative ease
Fit For The Vikings
While it’s hard to pass up on a huge talent like Tuitt, the Vikings have already spent a first round draft pick and a lot of money in free agency on shoring up their defensive tackle position.
It would be hard to justify taking Tuitt in the first or even at the #40 overall spot. With glaring needs and lots of talent in this year’s draft, you’d expect the Minnesota to look to other positions for their early selections.