The Pittsburgh Steelers are determined in rebuilding their defense, selecting the Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier on Thursday -- he is projected to play the weakside inside linebacker. In the second round of the 2014 NFL draft, the Steelers snagged Stephon Tuitt at No. 46. Tuitt is versatile enough to play defensive tackle and defensive end in a base 4-3 defense. Per NFL.com.
STRENGTHS Looks the part -- has prototypical dimensions for a five-technique. Long-armed to play off blocks. Holds his ground at the point of attack. Can stack and shed. Has excellent movement skill for a man his size. Plays on his feet. Coordinated and in control of his body. Knee bender able to flatten or redirect efficiently. Strong wrap tackler. Scheme and position versatile -- played end and tackle in even and odd fronts. Notched 20.5 sacks in 28 career starts. Disrupts passing lanes. Did 31 bench-press reps at the combine.
WEAKNESSES Monotone edge rusher -- not a quick-twitch athlete (average get-off quickness). Can play with more consistent leverage. Hip and shoulder stiffness shows when he attempts to bend the corner. Can do a better job shooting his hands with authority to jolt blockers. Needs to become a better hands fighter and develop pass-rush moves. Can play with more violence. Average intensity and relentlessness.