Quotes From John Mitchell On New Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell addressed the media after Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Here is what he had to say.

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“I had a chance to go to Atlanta and work him out and i was really impressed with him.”

“As a defensive line coach, we see defense a little different. We play from inside out rather than outside-in. There’s three things that when I evaluate a player I look for. One, can this player stay on his feet? Two, is he physical? Three, will he run to the ball?”

“The thing that I like about Stephon is he can stack, he can shed, he can get off and he can run to the ball.”

“If you look at his sophomore year, this guy was probably one of the best defensive linemen in college. He had 11 sacks. He played the run very well. He was a dominant player. Before the 2013 season, he had a hernia injury. He wasn’t able to train. He got heavy and if you look at him from the 2013 season and you compare him to the 2012 season, you’re going to see a different guy. He knows that he has to be in shape. He’s over that injury and we look for this guy to be here for a long time.”

“He’s a guy that can do a lot of things for us. He can push the pocket, he can play the run, he can get off blocks and he can get to the ball.”

“If this guy had probably been healthy coming out up to his junior year, he probably would have been in the top ten guys drafted. We feel like we got a steal in the second round at our pick.”

“In our scheme, most of the ends we have had here have been 310-315 pounds, so 310, that’ll be a good weight for him.”

“If you look at his stats for three years, you’re going to see a guy who had a lot of production. The guy had 20.5 sacks for three years. I think he had 124 total tackles. Tackles for loss, I think he had 15, maybe 20. So this guy is a productive guy, buy you know, that’s behind him.”

They (Notre Dame) played on both sides, but basically he played a lot more on the right side, but they moved him around.”

“When you look for a defensive linemen, I don’t care what scheme you play, you get a guy that is 6-5, 310-315 that can run and stay on his feet, physical, you got a pretty good football player.”

  • Jollyrob68

    Great pick

  • Jide Sobamowo

    Solid need pick and is athletic for sixw8.

  • steeltown

    This kid hasn’t even turned 21yrs old yet… wow… F’n Awesome

  • Weiss Chad

    I would have been ok if this was our first rd pick.Cant believe he fell through second.With all the work the steelers did on scouting cb,I can’t help but think they go that way in third .I love defense !!

  • steeltown

    Not sure what Mitchell is talking about with 315lbs.. Heyward, Keisel and even A.Smith all under 300lbs

  • RW

    Maybe he thinks that that’s his upper limit where he can still play effectively?

  • harding36

    Great value at a position of need. Very solid selection.

  • steeltown

    Doesn’t really matter, just curious he said that

  • Douglas Andrews

    Yeah I thought most of those guys played around 280-295 except for Kimo. At any rate they were all effective

  • CrazyTerry

    Get him fit and make him lose 10 pounds of fat. Those pounds will come back anyway later on. You don’t want the guy starting so heavy.

  • Mark McHugh

    Finally some type of explanation for why this kid struggled last year. I’m excited about the pick, just filled a huge hole at LDE.

  • shawn

    ya i was stinking the same thing …

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    Steelers second round pick sure looks good… The reason our lbs have been getting less pressure was because of the decline of our dline occupying the oline. With this pick we suddenly have three very solid linemen for our 3/4. When you combine that thought with our first round pick which makes our linebackers even more of a threat not taking a CB in the first round makes a lot more sense now… You can make a lot of average dbs look great when you put a lot of pressure on the QB. Our defense is starting to look like it will be dominant again.