The Steelers selected defensive end Stephon Tuitt in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft not because he has the athletic ability of first round pick Ryan Shazier.
What got him drafted is his technique.
In the final installment of "John Mitchell Boot Camp," we break down Tuitt's college tape, pointing out examples of that technique, which is highlighted by outstanding strength. While Brett Keisel may be just a phone call away, Tuitt has the opportunity in training camp to show he's capable of learning the defense well enough the Steelers could trust him in their base package.
If not, Keisel may be brought back, but even if he is, Tuitt very well could end up this team's starting defensive end by the end of this season.
High praise for the rookie, but regardless of how his rookie season ends, he has loads of potential and is further along in his development than other defensive ends who played their rookie seasons in Pittsburgh.