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NFL Draft Spotlight: Stephon Tuitt

May 8, 2014, 2:08 PM EDT

With the 2014 NFL Draft beginning on Thursday, May 8th, I thought we should give a little background on the three possible first round picks (as told to us by the pundits) from the Fighting Irish. Let’s take a look at Stephon Tuitt.

Stephon Tuitt, a well-built defensive end on the stalwart Irish defense the past few years, will have a chance to make a big impact in the NFL in his first year in the League. His career at Notre Dame was one of the more productive in recent memory in terms of sacks, amassing 21.5 sacks throughout his three-year career for the Irish.

Take a look below to see what a variety of NFL Draft experts have to say about Tuitt.

Mike Mayock (NFL Network) – 30th Overall (First Round) – San Francisco 49ers
I see the 49ers trying to trade up, but if they have to stay here, Tuitt is a perfect fit in a physical division, and Justin Smith is 35 years old.

Scott Wright (NFLDraftCountdown) – 29th Overall (First Round) – New England Patriots

Peter King (Sports Illustrated) – 29th Overall (First Round) – New England Patriots
“Everyone I’ve talked to said some version of, “Oh, New England’s trading out.” Which I buy. I also would buy tight end Jace Amaro here. I do not buy Ra’shede Hageman. Too boom-or-bust. Tuitt’s a very strong Patriot kind of versatile tackle and 3-4 end with the ability to play outside, a la Vince Wilfork.”

Peter Shrager (Fox Sports) – 51st Overall (Second Round) – Chicago Bears