NFL Draft: Saints select Kenny Stills in 5th round (144th pick)
With the No. 144 overall pick in the fifth round, the New Orleans Saints selected wide receiver Kenny Stills out of Oklahoma. Stills (6-1, 194) had career-highs in catches (82), receiving yards (959) and touchdowns (11) in 2012.
Overshadowed by former Oklahoma wideout Ryan Broyles in his first two seasons in Norman, Stills produced the best season of his collegiate career in 2012. Stills (6-1, 194) finished the year with career-highs in catches (82), receiving yards (959) and touchdowns (11). Despite the gaudy numbers, Stills felt he largely underperformed throughout the season.
"I'm my biggest critic; I always have been," Stills said before the team's Cotton Bowl loss to Texas A&M. "I have high expectations for myself, and there's still too many times when I'm dropping easy balls, and kinda leaving my body out there. I definitely expect more from myself."
Blessed with top-end speed, Stills has been clocked as fast as 4.32 in the 40-yard dash. A versatile wideout, Stills is equally dangerous when used in the slot or on the outside. The former Sooners' receiver has good body control and is adept at making catches in traffic.
Here is Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com's scouting report on Stills:
Stills, Rang writes, is "quicker than fast and more smooth than quick-twitch. He has very good body adjustments to make grabs away from his body with soft hands and focus to extend and pluck."
The nephew of former Chiefs safety Gary Stills also has "good footwork in his routes and looks fluid in his breaks, helping him separate," Rang adds. Stills "understands how to hide route intentions and (has a) second gear to speed past defensive backs. He is a lot more physical than he looks with good toughness after the catch."
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