Notre Dame Football: Top 10 Former Irish in the NFL

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PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 17: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots attempts a pass under pressure from Stephon Tuitt #91 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter during the game at Heinz Field on December 17, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

No. 4: Stephon Tuitt 

This is sort of a ceiling pick, as someone like Rudolph has probably had a more prominent career to date. Be that as it may, Tuitt’s ability is still sky high. He enters his 5th year in the league with 56 career games and 44 starts under his belt.

Tuitt has been a stout defender since entering the league, logging 14.5 career sacks. That said, there is definitely room to further improve. He is one of the more under appreciated defensive linemen in the NFL, and a few fully healthy seasons could help catapult him into elite status.

A former second round pick, many felt Tuitt could have slid into the first round. Regardless, he has turned his second round selection into a 5-year, 60 million dollar extension. Tuitt still has a ton of room for growth, as the veteran just turned 25 in May.