|Tuitt opted to go pro following his junior year at Notre Dame after leading the team in sacks each of the past two seasons. However, a drop-off in production between those years as well as injury and weight concerns could push Tuitt down to the second round. An eventual first-round selection seemed more likely after the 2012 season. He had helped the Irish reach the BCS title game with 12 sacks - 1 1/2 shy of Justin Tuck's school record - along with three forced fumbles and one returned for a 77-yard TD. That performance made him a second-team All-American, but the accolades were few and far between after this season as he had 7 1/2 sacks and didn't display the same dominance, partly because he was slowed by his recovery from hernia surgery. Another injury cropped up during his physical at the NFL combine, as he was diagnosed with a broken bone in his left foot that surprised even Tuitt. He wasn't able to participate there or at Notre Dame's pro day due to the ensuing surgery, but at that time, Tuitt said he was down to 299 pounds. That's 13 lighter than his listing at season's end and 30-40 less than last summer, though coach Brian Kelly claimed that weight gain was because his injury prevented him from doing certain exercises. Tuitt's upper-body strength and versatility - he could play end or tackle - make him an attractive asset, as does his patience against the run even though he's not exactly a run stuffer. That discipline often benefited him against the read option, a style of offense seemingly becoming ever more popular at the next level with so many mobile quarterbacks.