Why you should be excited about Stephon Tuitt:
- At 6-foot-5 and 304 pounds Tuitt personifies the prototypical "five-technique" defensive lineman (a defensive end playing outside the offensive tackle in a 3-4 alignment) the Steelers covet.
- He does what defensive line coach John Mitchell demands of his players; Tuitt stays on his feet, plays with physicality, and runs to the football.
- Although not considered a classic edge pass rusher by some, Tuitt has been productive and even explosive during his three seasons at Notre Dame. He amassed 21.5 sacks, 25 tackles for loss and 27 quarterback pressures in 35 career games (29 starts). He also returned a fumble 77 yards for a touchdown in 2012 against Navy, the second-longest fumble return in Notre Dame's history (and the Irish have been playing football for quite a while).
- The selection helps re-tool a position that no longer contains the names of Brett Keisel, Ziggy Hood, and Al Woods from last season's roster at defensive end.