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Prospect Profiles: Devon Still



TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-5, 303, 5.08



A tall, physically put together defensive lineman with good girth through the lower half, but has the frame to get even bigger. Possesses “plus” power and get off burst for his size, but is still learning how to put it all together. Has the ability to bend, as he at times keeps his base down and butt under him off the snap. And when he can gain leverage on contact the guy has the ability to consistently overwhelm at the point and dominate. Possesses good power on his bull rush, exhibits the strength to consistently drive blockers into the backfield and is also much more sudden laterally when his feet are under him. Has improved his overall pad level as a senior and has been much more balanced and consistent staying on his feet because if it. Displays some developing pass rushing skills, used his hands much better toward the end of the year in order to defeat blocks. Showcases a nifty arm over, some natural lateral quickness when trying to slip blocks and can simply overwhelm and/or pull the rug out from a blocker. When he gets high he can easily be stonewalled and has a somewhat inconsistent motor. However, to his credit he’s done a much better job this year staying motivated throughout the course of the game.

When the pad level is down in the run game, the guy can anchor, shed and make plays off his frame. Is long armed, can gain inside leverage and use his power/quickness to rag doll blocks and disengage. Again, is doing a better job as a senior coming off the ball low and when he’s motivated, keeps his pad level down and gets off the snap on time he can routinely threaten gaps or simply overwhelm on contact. Seems to be paying more attention to detail as a senior, as his ball awareness and snap recognition have both improved as well. Possesses the athleticism to get up and down the line defeating reach/slide down blocks, but again motor and passion both come into question with this guy.

Impression: Is really starting to put it all together as a senior. If you can keep him motivated has the talent to mature into a very good starting caliber lineman at a number of positions in the NFL.

Draft Countdown:

• Very good size and bulk with a large frame
• Athletic and quick with impressive first step
• Can penetrate and make plays in backfields
• Flashes power / strength at point of attack
• Knows how to use hands and arms to win
• Offers positional and schematic versatility
• Pro bloodlines and still has a lot of upside

• Questionable instincts and overall awareness
• A tendency to play tall and will lose leverage
• Motor runs hot / cold and disappears at times
• Struggles mightily when defenders can lock on
• Usually responds poorly when double-teamed
• Lacks great balance and on ground too much
• Battled injuries and durability is a big concern

Injury History:
• Tore the ACL in left knee and redshirted in 2008
• Broke left ankle and missed most of 2009 season
• Missed the Senior Bowl due to sprained big toe

A two-year starter and team captain for the Nittany Lions — Named 1st Team All-Big Ten and won the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year award — 1st Team All-American in 2011 — Graduated with a degree in criminal justice — Married with a young daughter — Has two cousins that played in the NFL, Art Still for the Kansas City Chiefs and Levon Kirkland for the Pittsburgh Steelers — Can project to either defensive tackle in a 4-3 (three-technique) or defensive end in a 3-4 (five-technique) at next level — Enjoyed a breakout senior campaign and finally began playing up to immense talent level — Undeniably talented and possesses starter qualities if healthy but too inconsistent and may not have a burning fire in his belly — Boom or Bust Potential.

FF Toolbox:

Still is a big-bodied, thick defensive tackle prospect for the Penn State Nittany Lions. Entering the 2012 NFL Draft, there is room for improvement in his draft stock since he is widely-viewed as a interior run stopper only. He tore his ACL as a true freshman, which will be a concern for some coaches during the interview process.

The great thing about this year’s defensive tackle class is that there is still the prospect that someone can emerge and break into the Top 5 at the position. Still, for now, is the de facto top prospect but he can be overtaken. Teams are always looking to improve their defensive line, which will carry a player like Still’s draft stock a bit higher than projections may indicate.

Still is a tough mauler on the inside who can move bodies between the tackles. He lacks the ability to chase down ball-carriers, but his extreme height and bulk make him a serious handful for offensive linemen.

At the next level, his pass rush needs work. Whether he is shooting the gaps or improving his first step, teams will need to polish his game if they want him to be able to play all three downs. He doesn’t have wide hips, but since he is so lean, he can add weight. There is certainly room on his frame to develop a bigger and stronger base.


GiantsGab Thoughts:

Devon Still is a big defensive tackle prospect. Good run stopper. Can penetrate and make plays in the backfield. Had a great senior season. Questions about his overall productivity and technique. Why did he only come on as a senior? He’s very talented. At one time, Still was a top 10 prospect. Now, he could be had in the early 2nd? What happened? Is there something that we’re not privy too? That seems like a big fall, and it’s happened relatively recently. The tape that made him a top 10 pick is still the same tape. So maybe we don’t know the whole story. Regardless, Still has disruptive potential as a 3 technique (outside shoulder of guard) or a 2 technique (face up against the guard). His versatility will endear him to coaches. Might benefit from a veteran locker room. Is he the pick at 32? I think it’s possible. The Giants are always looking to improve the D-Line, and Still can play multiple positions. Has some risk, but a lot of upside.



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