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Report: Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt to enter NFL draft

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Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt has decided to bypass his final year of eligibility and make himself available for the 2014 NFL draft, Sports Illustrated reported on Sunday night.

“I’m ready to take my game to another level,” Tuitt told SI. “Research had nothing to do with it. All I did was work out pros and cons, and that helped me realize I have more pros than cons and I’m ready to go. I’m comfortable and confident and I’m ready to take this step for me.”

The 6-foot-6, 322-pounder has been mulling entering the draft for several weeks now. He was given a second-round draft grade by the NFL evaluation committee in late December.

Tuitt finished with 49 tackles in 2013, including 9 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. With Tuitt and Louis Nix both leaving for the NFL, Notre Dame will have some big shoes to fill on its defensive line in 2014.

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16 Responses to “Report: Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt to enter NFL draft”
  1. ttalarico says: Jan 5, 2014 11:40 PM

    Good luck to Stephon.

  2. ndnut says: Jan 5, 2014 11:49 PM

    It was fun watching him, but everyone leaves at some point. I hope our D stays strong next year as Golson comes back to recharge the offense.

  3. spreadthecheese says: Jan 6, 2014 12:21 AM

    He’s making a mistake. He came into the season overweight and it hurt his production, which is why he slid into a second round grade. One more year of college and shedding weight and he could be a first round pick.

    To each his own, but what a huge slide for a guy that was getting compared to Clowney only one season ago.

  4. bigdinla says: Jan 6, 2014 12:35 AM

    No one outside of South Bend would ever compare Tuitt to Clowney. Not even close.

  5. bradwins says: Jan 6, 2014 12:40 AM

    I will predict right now that Tuitt will be a first rounder. I know he got a second round grade, but there is a long way to go until the draft. He is not Clowney, but he is a first rounder.

  6. spreadthecheese says: Jan 6, 2014 12:40 AM

    @bidinla

    Draft experts did. But feel free to continue speaking without knowledge.

  7. mediocrebob says: Jan 6, 2014 7:21 AM

    Yeah he’s not Clowney. He’s not a premadonna. He never thought about sitting out this year to protect his draft stock even though he was injured at the end of last year and still recovering from surgery at the start of the season.

    Sorry, but I’ll take a guy with a little less talent and a ton more heart any day of the week.

  8. tampabayirish says: Jan 6, 2014 7:32 AM

    Good Luck Stephon. You were a good Irishman in your time in South Bend.

  9. seanb20124 says: Jan 6, 2014 7:37 AM

    Quicker you get into the league, quicker you get your second contract.

  10. wethog66 says: Jan 6, 2014 8:52 AM

    @bigdinla

    It is no use. That is how Irish fans think. Stuck in the ’80’s.

    You should of read their comments on here after the Irish survived against Navy. On and on about how Navy was lucky to hang with the Irish because Navy recently lost to Toledo. Then the Irish go and lose to a team (Pitt) that Navy beat. So it turns out Navy wasn’t lucky to hang with the Irish after all.

  11. irishking says: Jan 6, 2014 8:56 AM

    The degree from ND is more important since it will last a lifetime.

  12. mediocrebob says: Jan 6, 2014 10:16 AM

    All the haters are the same. Thanks for joining Wet!

  13. bigdinla says: Jan 6, 2014 12:32 PM

    Lol, not thinking a 3/4 DE is as good as Clowney makes me a hater? Did not say the kid was not a stud. Will be a mid to late first round pick if he is healthy. Clowney is a generational talent.

  14. joewilliesshnoz says: Jan 6, 2014 1:16 PM

    This was the worst Irish team in years. Kelly is not a good coach.

  15. irishking says: Jan 6, 2014 2:37 PM

    I think Kelly has had more than his fair share of headaches losing assistant coaches and also players.

  16. wethog66 says: Jan 6, 2014 3:40 PM

    @mediocrebob

    I am not an Irish hater. I hated the Irish when they were relevant on the National level and had good college players like The Rocket, The Bus, Rick Mirer, Zorich and his half shirt, players like that and whooped Navy’s ass every year.

    Notre Dame isn’t that relevant anymore, doesn’t get those players anymore and Navy has a chance to beat the Irish every year, so no reason to be a hater, anymore.

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