Scouting Report: Stephon Tuitt

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With the offseason underway, it is draft/free agency season. In this segment, “Scouting Report”, I will be posting scouting reports of who I believe the Cowboys should covet in the 2014 NFL Draft. Stay tuned daily, as I will be writing a few per day.

Background

Like Louis Nix III, Stephon Tuitt is one of the reasons this Notre Dame defense has been so darn good the past two years. Just as a sophomore, Tuitt led the team in sacks. Regardless of being an underclassmen, Tuitt is rated as one of the top defensive ends for the 2014 NFL Draft.

Measurements

- 6-6, 312 pounds

- 4.78 40-yard dash

Info

- All-Independent first team

- Has recorded 20 sacks in just three years at Notre Dame, which ranks him fifth in school history

Strengths

- Deceivingly extremely fast

- Good strength

- Decent athleticism

- Quick feet

- Good at changing direction

- Can track running backs across the field

- Good with his hands

- Good motor

Weaknesses

- Limited burst off the ball

- Not good at getting away from linemen

- Won’t make a lot of plays in the backfield, but will get backs at the line of scrimmage

- Limited explosiveness

The Fit

Stephon Tuitt has been rumored to Dallas ever since he declared. Tuitt has some good skills as a defensive end, but he may better be suited to play inside. He is a tweener. This means he is in between a 4-3 defense, or a 3-4 defense. But, his skill may better fit in the 3-4. Tuitt is definitely a good player, but I do not think he will become what Dallas would like.

Scout Grade: 84/100

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Topics: 2014 NFL Draft, Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett, Jerry Jones, Stephon Tuitt

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