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Still not shy in stating "hands down I'm" best DT

Posted on: February 25, 2012 5:08 pm

Michael Brockers wasn't about to get drawn into a war of words.
The LSU standout followed Penn State's Devon Still to the podium, and both drew large crowds as the top two defensive tackles in this draft - and potential top 10 overall picks.
Still had just thrown down the gauntlet, confidently declaring himself the elite defensive tackle in this draft, without mentioning anyone else by name.
"I think hands down I'm the best defensive tackle," Still said. "I want it more. I was able to take over a lot of games."
The headline-chasing crowd asked Brockers about that statement a few minutes later, but he didn't take the bait.
"If he said that, then he said that," said Brockers. "I haven't really watched his film, so I can't sit up here and say I'm better than him.  I do know what I do good. I play the run. I'm a force in the middle.  And I feel like I do a very good job with that."
Brockers, currently's No. 8-rated overall prospect, is ahead of Still (No. 10) in a deep class of interior defenders. They're battling for coveted draft position as they have similar sizes and builds.
Brockers, up five pounds from his college playing weight to 322 on his 6-5 frame, a continuing transition for someone who arrived in Baton Rouge as a 250-pound defensive end in 2009.
"I'm like, 'Oh, snap! I'm 322 pounds," Brockers said of stepping on the scale after a workout, adding that it's five pounds of muscle mass that he has added since the end of last season. "I'm blessed to have this frame and still be quick with it.
"I feel like at 322, I can move a lot better than some other guys can move. So I feel like that's my biggest strength. How big I am and how quick I am."
The similarities between Still and Brockers aren't lost on scouts, including the question marks. Both have only one standout college season under their belts, thin bodies of work for teams holding top 10 picks.
"I can't get any worse, I can only get better from now on," said Brockers, who won't run or lift this week.
Both Brockers and Still benefitted from the deep talent their schools had in the trenches. Still credited his defensive linemates for opening holes for him, and said the best offensive lineman he battled during his Penn State career was Johnnie Troutman - every day in practice.
"I don't strive for mediocre," said Still.
Still suffered two torn left knee ligaments (ACL, MCL) and then a broken ankle during his first two years in Happy Valley. After being part of a rotation as a junior, he said it was his bowl game battle against Florida center Mike Pouncey at the end of the 2010 season that propelled him into his monster senior campaign. Still was named to 10 All-American teams after racking up 17 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.
"Whenever I do something, I want to be the best," said Still. "To this day I'm not where I want to be. I want to make my mark in the NFL.
"My goal is to make my own mark, and have other players style their game after mine."


Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:45 am

Still not shy in stating 'hands down I'm' best DT

Just because of the injuries, I wouldn't touch Still with a 10 foot pole.  Would really sux if you draft a guy who sits on the bench. 

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