Notre Dame junior defensive end Stephon Tuitt will seek advice from the NFL Draft Advisory Board on his draft stock, coach Brian Kelly said Sunday during his Pinstripe Bowl news conference.

Tuitt (6-foot-6, 312 pounds) had an uneven season. He had offseason surgery for a sports hernia, and Kelly has said Tuitt wasn't 100 percent when the season started. Tuitt led the Irish with six sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss, but his sack total was down from 11 in 2012. He did have the same number of tackles both seasons (45).

In mid-October, Tuitt told Notre Dame's student newspaper he would return for his senior season. But the next day, his mother said he misspoke, and Tuitt eventually told reporters he would make his decision after the season.

Tuitt has an incredible mix of size and speed -- he has been clocked as fast as 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash -- but his inconsistency this season has caused him to drop a bit on some draft boards.

Kelly was asked what he would tell Tuitt about leaving school early.