Miami Dolphins Scout’s Take: DT Stephon Tuitt

Oct 19, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive end Stephon Tuitt (7) celebrates after sacking USC Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) in the third quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 14-10. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins could be hurting for some interior defensive line help next season depending on the status of one of the league’s top defensive tackle duos in Paul Soliai and Randy Starks, both of which are free agents.

Depending on which player is retained – it’s seeming that Soliai will be retained at this point due to his lower price tag, but that could change at any time especially with a new GM coming in – Miami could look to add different body types to their defensive front.

 

Hell, Miami even has the personnel to run a 3-4 defense, rather than the 4-3 defense the team has stuck with for the past two seasons.

 

Regardless of which player the team decides to retain, if they decide to even re-sign either player, Miami could look to add Notre Dame DT Stephon Tuitt, who was seen as a potential top 10 pick before the season began.

 

Nov 30, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt (7) before the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Stephon Tuitt

Height: 6’7”

Weight: 322 pounds

School: Notre Dame

Class: Junior (Declared)

Draft Stock: Moderate

Draft Range: First round, really anywhere at this point.

 

Strengths:

First off, Tuitt has a dominant size for a 3-4 DE and a 4-3 DT. At 6’7” 322 pounds, if he can show well during workouts and the NFL Combine in February, this kid could easily inch up draft boards similar to Dontari Poe just a few years back.

Tuitt is very strong and uses his strength to over-power blockers when a play comes through his lane. He is very good at clogging the running lane by using his strength and brute force to clog the lane.

Lastly, this kid is not a one dimensional defensive tackle by any means. At 6’7” 322 pounds one would believe he is purely a run defender, similar to Soliai. Not so fast. Tuitt is a force against the pass and gets up-field very well for a big man.

 

Weaknesses:

Let’s start out with the obvious, after being mentioned to begin the season as a potential top 3 selection this year, he put together a very poor season for the Fighting Irish. He was a shell of his former self this season and did not make many dominant plays.

I struggle to find consistency in this kid’s desire, effort, and pure want throughout an entire game. Similar to Jadeveon Clowney, Tuitt struggles to consistently put forth his best effort on EVERY SINGLE PLAY. An NFL coach is going to chew this kid a new one.

Lastly, sure he is a dominant pass rusher due to his strength and athleticism for a big man, but I don’t see those pass rushing moves. He tends to use his strength to over-power his man, and that may work in the NCAA, but the NFL is a league full of guys just as strong if not stronger. He will have to add some moves to his skill set to beat blockers.

 

 

Stephon Tuitt is definitely a guy Miami could end up targeting at 19; it just depends on how this guy performs in workouts and interviews. All of his weaknesses are certainly coachable, but it will take a good defensive staff to bring out the best in this kid. I have faith in a guy like Kacy Rodgers, but Kevin Coyle? I’m not sold on Coyle.

 

Tuitt would add a spark to this defensive front and could replace either one of Miami’s defensive tackles. But I think we can all agree, the offensive line must be fixed first and foremost.

 

 

Topics: 2014 NFL Draft, Miami Dolphins, NFL Draft, Notre Dame, Stephon Tuitt

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  • tpl

    I’d be surprised if anything but an offensive lineman is drafted at #19. The fans will have their ire raised if its anything else.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Agreed, unless Miami opts to work the Free Agent pool for some oline help. If they were to shell out money for a guy like Albert at LT or one of the tackles available – Veldheer, Monroe, Oher, and Saffold (Please god….no..) – and then work the guard situation with a guy like Jon Asamoah, I could see them taking the BPA at 19, possibly even trading back with someone wanting to move up so that we could snag some extra selections in round two. There’s also an idea swirling that Miami could potentially target Cleveland C Alex Mack, moving Pouncey to LG where he could be an even better player. Hey, whatever works, right? lol.

      • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

        Reports swirling? Dude I read that article and all it was was someone’s opinion, actually might have been yours. Miami can not afford to grab the top free agents at the tackle and guard positions, only one bro. This year has some really good tackle prospects and due to team needs and quality of other positions o line will fall and a premiere tackle worthy of top ten in other drafts will fall to us at 19. Lane Johnson was drafted at 4 I mean really Johnson at four. We are looking at Lewan at 19 and maybe even kouindajo( misspelled) and if we land either one then that will be the steal of the draft.

        • TylerMcMullen

          I think you should read before you type, sir. And Johnson went at 4 because he’s an elite athlete and it’s worked out pretty well for Philadelphia after a shaky start to his season….. Miami can afford it if they’d like to….and it’s too early to tell where players will fall..

          • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

            Johnson an elite athlete with non elite strength. Bakhtairi, Pugh and Fluker were better then Johnson and drafted later then him. Like I said at number 4 I’m thinking Not more like late first round. Try and read before you type”sir” o and stop using trending words like sir it makes u sound like a little I’d trying to be cool saying what ever one else is saying

          • TylerMcMullen

            Pugh? No. Bakhtiari? No. Fluker? No. Johnson was the third best tackle in the draft and went right where he should have.

          • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

            They all were better then him this year. I’m sorry dude but that’s how the cookie crumbled this year. He could be better but he wasn’t and to be picked that high is very risky that was my point.

          • TylerMcMullen

            Tough to say either Pugh or Fluker was better than Johnson. They all had their struggles and were solid at different times throughout the year. Bakhtiari was someone I wanted Miami to snag over Thomas and they did not and I was irritated. Oh well. I think Johnson will end up being the top tackle of last year’s class when it’s all said and done, Emmett. Nice debating with you, lol. Continue leaving me comments, it’s fun lol.

          • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

            Tons of fun dude. Keep putting the articles up and I’ll keep on reading,good stuff. Is potential second round evaluations in the cards?

          • TylerMcMullen

            Most certainly, man. Right now I’ve just been posting the hotter topics for the 19th pick, but after I finish those I’ll be moving on to the second and third round prospects who Miami should consider. After that, I’ll be looking at players who are “dark-horses” for those spots. Then obviously I’ll be posting mock drafts right before the combine until the night before the draft in May.

  • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

    Aaron Donald is the most underrated player in this draft. He should be top 15 but I’m guessing he will get passed over. Jags are in prime position to snag him in the second. He is the second coming of warren sapp aka Baby Sapp

    • TylerMcMullen

      Under-sized at 6’0″ 285 pounds. Don’t compare him to an NFL legend. Not fair to him, and does not make sense at all.

      • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

        I think he is a little taller then 6’0. You know sometimes their measurements are off pre-combine. Warren Sapp was barely taller then 6’0 and came outta college before his hall of fame career just like Donald is doing minus the HOF. Skill sets and measurables are very very similar

        • TylerMcMullen

          No.

          • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

            Yes

          • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

            Have you even seen any tape on the kid, you sound about as arrogant and ignorant as they come

          • TylerMcMullen

            Yes, I have seen tape on the kid. And comparing a guy who has never touched the pros to an all-time great, hall of fame, super bowl champion is arrogant and ignorant. Pro comparisons to NFL Greats are idiotic.

          • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

            C’mon dude don’t jump the gun, I said when Sapp came outta college. Very similar measurables and guess what Sapp was the second tackle of the board not first cuz of size and don’t say cuz of the failed drug test. All I’m saying dude is Donald is a beast and will get his shot in the nfl and hopefully he has a great career. You as well I hope you go to work in one of the big programs.

          • TylerMcMullen

            Lol it’s my goal to some day work up to that level, and while I’m still young (20)….It’ll be quite a challenge lol.