Defensive End Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
Measurables: 6-5, 303, 4.89
CBS Big Board Rank: 14th Overall
Walter Football Big Board Rank: 16th Overall
Quick Analysis: Tuitt is part of a strong defensive line that helped take Notre Dame to the National Championship game last year and allowed linebacker Mante’ Teo to roam freely in the defensive midfield. Although the big man didn’t find the same success this season, Tuitt was an effective run-stopper and recorded 44 tackles and 7.5 six sacks for the Irish this year. Many experts consider him the best defensive end available in the draft next to Clowney.
Cowboys Angle: The Dallas Cowboys already have Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Ware. They also found a gem in journeyman end George Selvie this season. But it is unlikely the Cowboys will re-sign Anthony Spencer this offseason due to their salary cap issues. And the young Tyrone Crawford will be returning from a season-ending injury to his left Achilles tendon, but no one knows exactly what effect that will have on his future play.
Depending upon your feelings about the age of Ware and Selvie’s long-term status as a starter in the NFL, the Cowboys could be in desperate need at defensive end. Tuitt would certainly fill that need. And NFL Mocks calls him a “tweener” who is fast enough to play outside at defensive end but big and strong enough to move inside to defensive tackle. And Dallas probably has a bigger need at tackle than defensive end at this point. Getting a highly ranked player that has position flexibility sounds like the ultimate Rod Marinelli guy to me.