Steelers draft capsules: Stephon Tuitt and Dri Archer

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Stephon Tuitt (2nd round, No. 46 overall)

Pos: DE * Ht: 6-5 * Wt: 303 * School: Notre Dame

■ About the pick: Expected to be the long-term replacement for Brett Keisel, who has not yet been re-signed. ... Started 29 of 35 games for the Irish. ... Had 21½ sacks and 25 tackles for loss in his career. ... Had a disappointing senior season because he had a hernia, could not train and put on 25 pounds. ... Also had surgery for a fracture in his left foot in March and did not work out at the NFL scouting combine or his pro day. ... Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell said Tuitt was a "dominant player" before the hernia injury in 2012 when he had 12 sacks and returned a fumble 77 yards, the second-longest fumble return in school history. ... Mitchell personally worked out Tuitt in Georgia and is convinced there are no issues with either injury. ... Played at Heinz Field against Pitt this past fall and was ejected from the game for targeting the head of Panthers quarterback Tom Savage. ... Will not turn 21 until May 23. ... Born in Miami but played high school football in Georgia.

Dri Archer (3rd round, No. 97 overall)

Pos: RB * Ht: 5-8 * Wt: 173 * School: Kent State

■ About the pick: Speedy, change-of-pace back who ran 4.26 in the 40 at the combine and was considered one of the nation’s elite playmakers. … Will also be used as a kick returner. … RB Coach James Saxon said Archer “can be dynamic football player with the ball in his hands.” … First Kent State player to earn a spot on the Walter Camp All-American team. … Spent most of his career at running back with the Golden Flashes, but sometimes lined in the slot as a receiver. … Caught 25 passes for 327 yards and four TDs last season, averaged 7.8 yards per rush, gaining 527 yards on 68 carries. … Returned two kickoffs for 128 yards, including a 100-yard TD. … Led team with 66 points and 11 total touchdowns. … In 2012, was one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award as nation’s most versatile player after rushing for 1,429 yards and 16 touchdowns. His average of 8.99 yards per carry led the nation. Also led the team with 39 catches for 561 yards and four TDs.


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