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2015 NFL DRAFT

Devon Still, DT

School: Penn State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 303 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
3251-2
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Bengals picks: Round 2/53 - Devon Still, DT, 6-5, 307, Penn State...A little bit of a surprise that they addressed the defensive line early but he gives the Bengals another solid pass rusher up the middle. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - DT Devon Still, Penn State -- Still was considered a top-10 pick in some circles prior to the NFL Scouting Combine, when the stars of Fletcher Cox (Mississippi State) and Dontari Poe (Memphis) caused the oft-injured Still to fizzle. At 6-5, 307, he can be an impact player inside if motivated.

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 36. Devon Still, DT, Penn State: Still's talent has been obvious throughout his career but until a breakout senior season in which he earned recognition as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year it simmered below the surface. Still's inability to play in the Senior Bowl (sprained toe) was disappointing and for some will re-energize concerns about his consistency and intrinsic motivation. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/26/2012 - Of all the injuries Devon Still sustained during college, the most painful might have been last year's bout with turf toe. "I was one of those people who said that turf toe was no big deal," the former Penn State lineman said at the TicketCity Bowl at the end of last season, "until I actually had to experience it. And it's definitely a big deal." The effects linger even today. Still is among the players invited to New York tonight for the first round of the NFL draft, though he might remain until Friday. Once considered a sure first-round pick, Still could slip into the second. That injury is a factor. At Penn State, Still sustained a torn ACL and broken leg that hindered his early career, but he recovered to build himself into an All-America defensive tackle last season. But the year ended with Still playing with several injuries, including a back problem and the turf toe he sustained only days before the bowl game. Still admitted the injury remained a factor at the NFL Combine and Penn State's Pro Day, thus moving him around several teams' draft boards. Now, opinions of Still are mixed. Nevertheless, Still thrives on proving people wrong, something he did last season in recording 17 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. He also has a chance to become Penn State's seventh defensive lineman selected in the first round since 2000. - Mark Wogenrich, The Morning Call

04/19/2012 - 04/18 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: Devon Still, DT, Penn State...Physically, there might not be a more impressive defensive prospect in this draft class. Still, who was the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year, passes the eye test with similar frame and athletic skill set as Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh, but he doesn't play with nearly the same mean streak or aggressive strength. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/15/2012 - Penn State's best pro prospect is Devon Still, the 6-foot-5 defensive tackle (11 1/2 tackles for loss) who wreaked havoc in opposing backfields until being slowed by turf toe in the 30-14 loss Jan. 2 to Houston in the TicketCity Bowl. Still said Wednesday he took three weeks rehabbing the injury before the NFL combine last month, when he still wasn't 100 percent. He's not fully over the injury yet, though Still said he's feeling better. As proof, the 300-pound Still clocked in at 4.95 seconds on his 40-yard dash, .08 seconds faster than at the combine. Still called the turf toe injury "annoying," though the potential first-round pick still has nearly six more weeks to get fully healthy before the NFL draft. "This was a big deal," Still said about Penn State pro day, "just because I didn't put my performance in at the combine. I just wanted to come out here and compete." For many pro day attendees, including Still, Wednesday was their first opportunity to meet with O'Brien. He was named coach Jan. 6, four days after the TicketCity Bowl. By that time, most of the departing seniors had dispersed and didn't return to State College. "Great personality," tight end Andrew Szczerba said. "You could have graduated 10 years ago and he'll treat you like you're on his team right now." - AP Sports

03/15/2012 - Devon Still insists his best is yet to come. The Penn State All-American defensive tackle, who led the 2011 defense with 17 tackles for loss, admitted Wednesday he is still bothered by a turf toe injury to his left big toe. The 6-4 Still, who said he weighed in at 300 pounds for NFL talent evaluators during a Pro Day workout inside Holuba Hall, suffered the injury a few days before the Nittany Lions lost to Houston in the Jan. 2 TicketCity Bowl in Dallas. Still, obviously limited in the bowl game, is considered one of the top tackles in next month's NFL draft. "I'm getting there. ... I still think I have time to work on my toe to get it ready,'' said Still, who ran a 4.95 40-yard dash Wednesday, bettering his NFL scouting combine time (5.03). "I think this was the big deal because I don't think I put forth my best effort or my best performance at the combine. I just wanted to come out here and compete.'' Still said he spoke to 22 NFL teams at last month's combine in Indianapolis. His message to the league? "That I was able to go into every game and have an impact, whether I was making tackles or not,'' Still said. - Bob Flounders, The Patriot-News

03/14/2012 - Penn State Pro Day: Defensive tackle Devon Still, a potential first-round draft pick, impressed scouts with his impressive 40 time and lateral ability at the NFL Combine, but didn't believe it was his best performance because of a nagging toe injury. He gave pro scouts more to think about Thursday at his pro day with a 4.95-second 40-yard dash and also did the short shuttle and L drill. Still (6-5, 300), battled injuries throughout his Penn State career. He had suffered from a back injury and turf toe late in his senior year but looked healthy at the combine and again at pro day. He doesn't know which teams will be targeting him in next month's draft but is confident he'll be an early pick. NFLDraftScout.com projects Still as a first-round pick. "I met with about 22 teams at the combine and they all showed real high interest," he said. - Jeff Reynolds, NFLDraftScout.com

03/13/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DOWN DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Devon Still, DT, Penn State, 6-5, 303, 1...After overcoming injuries to play in all 26 of Penn State's games the last two years, Still remains a bit of a work in progress. He missed 2007 because of a torn left ACL and most of 2008 with a broken ankle. He still caught the attention of pro scouts with 3 ?? tackles for loss in the Outback Bowl after the 2010 season. He lacks an explosive first step and barges rather than bursts into the passing pocket. He is a persistent pest who demands attention at all times, although he lacks that closing speed to actually make the play. He needs to focus on staying low so as not to be moved back, but otherwise uses his wide base and long arms effectively. Still logs ample time in the weight room to build strength, but may need to work on cardio because he often seems gassed in the second half. Family includes cousins Art Still (defensive end, Kansas City Chiefs 1978-87, Buffalo Bills 1988-89) and Levon Kirkland (linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, 1992-2002). - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/13/2012 - The jury is still out on a lot of defensive linemen, in terms of where they best project for the draft, and Penn State's Devon Still is among them. Although Still proclaimed at the combine that he is "hands down" the top tackle prospect in the 2012 pool, interior players such as Dontari Poe (Memphis), Michael Brockers (LSU) and Jerel Worthy (Michigan State) seem to have surpassed him on some boards. Like some inside players, Still's best position might be as a "five technique" end in a 3-4 front, with the ability to move inside in some 4-3 looks or situational occasions. At 303 pounds, he probably isn't a candidate for 3-4 nose tackle, although a few clubs that don't use a traditional "space-eater" type player still have him as a possibility there. The good news for Still is that he seems to have answered any lingering physical questions about past injuries, including an ACL in 2007 and broken ankle in '08. But there remains the question of where Still, solid against the run and still quicker than most guards, will line up in the NFL. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

02/25/2012 - Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still plans to make a bold statement when he works out for the 500-plus NFL scouts gathered at the Scouting Combine. But he didn't wait for Monday's on-field tests to make a bold declaration. "I think, hands-down, I'm the best defensive tackle in this draft," Still said. The 6-5, 303-pounder is doing twice daily workouts in Florida under the close watch of his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, at the Pete Bommarito training facility known as Perfect Competition. Since going to Miami last month, Still left only briefly, to attend a memorial service for late coach Joe Paterno, and is only now coming to grips with the past four months of his life. "Now as time goes on, I'm starting to comes to grips with it, starting to think that it is reality," Still said. Still overcame injuries in back-to-back seasons before a breakout 2011 and is ranked by NFLDraftScout.com as the 10th-best player in the 2012 draft. That's second among defensive linemen, behind LSU junior Michael Brockers. At 6-5, 323, Brockers is more of a three-technique, penetrating defensive tackle and said he wasn't familiar enough with Still's game to dispute the claim that Still made about being the best in the draft. "We'll see on Monday," Brockers said. Still was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, crediting defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr. for pushing him to realize his own potential in the face of personal adversity. After a torn ACL in his left knee as a freshman in 2007, Still fractured his fibula and broke his left ankle in preseason camp in 2008. "His first two years he didn't trust in the fact that he would every play again," Johnson said at the end of the season. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 10. Devon Still, DT, Penn State, 6-4, 310, 1...Still remains a work in progress after overcoming injuries to play in all 26 of Penn State's games the last two years. He missed 2007 with a torn left ACL and most of 2008 with a broken ankle. He caught the attention of pro scouts in the Outback Bowl after the 2010 season when he had 3.5 tackles for a loss. Still lacks an explosive first step and barges rather than bursts into the passing pocket. He is a persistent pest who demands attention at all times, although he lacks that closing speed to actually make the play. He needs to concentrate on staying low so as not to be moved back, but otherwise uses his wide base and long arms effectively. Still logs ample time in the weight room to build strength, but may need to work on cardio because he often seems gassed in the second half. Family includes cousins Art Still (defensive end, Kansas City Chiefs 1978-87, Buffalo Bills 1988-89) and Levon Kirkland (linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, 1992-2002). - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

01/04/2012 - The NFL career of Howard High School graduate Devon Still is one step closer to fruition after he signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus, who is known for representing some of the biggest names in the NFL. Still, the Penn State defensive tackle, played in his final collegiate game Monday in the Nittany Lions' 30-14 loss to Houston in the TicketCity Bowl. His brother, Antonio Still Jr., told The News Journal that the signing took place Tuesday. Still is projected to be a first-round pick in the NFL draft this April after being named to 10 first team All-American teams. He was also a finalist for two national defensive player of the year awards, as well as a defensive lineman of the year award. He was also named the Big Ten defensive player and defensive lineman of the year. Rosenhaus Sports Representation, run by Rosenhaus and his brother, Jason, represents about 170 NFL players. - Martin Frank, The News Journal

01/02/2012 - Scouting the Penn State run defense: Defensive tackles Devon Still, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and Jordan Hill have been nightmares for opposing offensive linemen, opening things up for linebackers Gerald Hodges, Nate Stupar and Glenn Carson to make the plays. The Penn State secondary, particularly strong safety Drew Astorino, has been strong in run support as well, though the Nittany Lions have had some tackling troubles on occasion this season. Opponents averaged only 3.6 yards per carry against Penn State this season but the Nittany Lions wore down a bit down the stretch, allowing 212.5 rushing yards per game over their last four games. - The Sports Xchange

12/30/2011 - Devon Still is about to play in his final football game at Penn State, the culmination of a memorable senior season in which he was a finalist for several national awards. He is projected as a first-round draft pick in the National Football League this spring, with a chance to earn several million dollars. And yet, Still's promising football career almost never started because his parents wouldn't let him play until his grades improved. Then it almost came to a crashing halt after two season-ending injuries in his first two seasons at Penn State. That's why Still's father, Antonio Still Sr., said his son's success is a "truly inspirational story." "He's the perfect role model for kids because he did things the right way," Still Sr. said. "He overcame his injuries. He worked hard in the classroom and got his degree. Nothing was handed to him." "It's very gratifying," Still said. "I always wanted to be one of the best football players in college. It's a big honor to get all of these awards and accolades. But Still and his parents - Antonio Sr. and Melissa Sangara - were just as proud on Dec. 17, when Still's name was called at Penn State's graduation for earning a degree in criminal justice. - Martin Frank, The News Journal

12/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD FINALIST (MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER): Devon Still, Penn State, DT, Sr...The 2011 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year, Still is second in the Big Ten in solo tackles for loss (15.0) and is tied for third in overall TFL (17.0-minus 77), leading a Penn State defense that ranks in the Top 10 nationally in scoring, total, pass and pass efficiency defense. Still is among the conference leaders with 4.5 sacks (minus-36) and has recorded 55 tackles, with one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a pass break-up. - Penn State football

12/08/2011 - 2011 OUTLAND TROPHY AWARD FINALIST (BEST INTERIOR LINEMAN): Devon Still, Penn State, (DT), Sr...The 2011 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year, Still is second in the Big Ten in solo tackles for loss (15.0) and is tied for third in overall TFL (17.0-minus 77), leading a Penn State defense that ranks in the Top 10 nationally in scoring, total, pass and pass efficiency defense. Still is among the conference leaders with 4.5 sacks (minus-36) and has recorded 55 tackles, with one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a pass break-up. - Penn State football

09/29/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Devon Still - Penn State's most dominant defensive lineman leads the Big Ten in tackles for loss and will try to make things difficult for both Indiana's running game and for quarterback Edward Wright-Baker. The Hoosiers will likely have to double-team Still, which should open up opportunities for Penn State's linebackers. - The Sports Xchange

09/14/2011 - LOOKING GOOD: Running back Silas Redd wiggled through tiny cracks in Alabama's staunch defense. The offensive line, for the most part, gave Penn State's quarterbacks time to throw and did not allow a sack. Penn State's defensive ends were able to get their hands on a number of AJ McCarron passes and tackles Devon Still and Jordan Hill were frequent visitors to Alabama's backfield. The Nittany Lions, who so often came out of the locker room without much energy last season, had spark and executed well in the first quarter against the Crimson Tide. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - ROB RANG'S WEEK 2 FIVE PROSPECTS TO WATCH: DT Devon Still, Penn State: At 6-4, 310 pounds, Still has the size scouts are looking for and he's shown flashes of dominant ability throughout his career. Still hasn't yet shown the consistency, however, to warrant the hype he's received, however. A strong performance against Alabama Saturday and their potential All-SEC center William Vlachos, himself a late round NFL possibility, would go a long way in boosting Still's stock. This game begins at 3:30 pm ET and will be televised by ABC. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/02/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Penn State has veterans at every position, starting up front. Senior DE Jack Crawford, senior DT Devon Still and junior DT Jordan Hill should be handfuls for any offensive line. Linebackers Michael Mauti, Gerald Hodges and Glenn Carson offer plenty of athleticism behind them and an experienced secondary led by CB D'Anton Lynn and S Nick Sukay should be able to clean up any messes provided the front four applies a more consistent pass rush than it did during Penn State's injury-plagued 2010 season. - The Sports Xchange

05/20/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: DT Devon Still - After a promising but inconsistent junior season, the Nittany Lions' most powerful lineman will look to finish his career on a high note. Still's ability to command double-teams will help free Penn State's defensive ends to make plays. - The Sports Xchange

 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Bengals picks: Round 2/53 - Devon Still, DT, 6-5, 307, Penn State...A little bit of a surprise that they addressed the defensive line early but he gives the Bengals another solid pass rusher up the middle. - The Sports Xchange

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