2012 NFL Draft: Where Will Penn State DT Devon Still Fall?
Talk about not knowing where you'll end up. Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still has been projected to go all over the country in NFL Mock Drafts.
ESPN's Todd McShay has the Philadelphia Eagles taking him with the 15th pick. Mel Kiper, Jr. has Still going to the Denver Broncos at pick No. 25. SB Nation has the Carolina Panthers taking him with the eighth pick, and Rob Rang of CBS Sports has him going to Seattle at No. 12.
Devon Still has signed Drew Rosenhaus as his agent. Rosenhaus deals with big names in the NFL, so we know Still means business.
And he should mean business because he is mean business.
At Penn State, Still built a 6'5" 330-pound frame that will suit him well at the next level. As a defensive tackle, he had 17 tackles for loss in 2011 in 13 games. He was exceptional at penetrating through the offensive line to bring down the ball carrier. He added 4.5 sacks as well.
Still was a consensus All-American and the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.
So who needs a big run-stopper up front?
Out of the four teams mentioned above, the Eagles need him the least. Philadelphia was ranked 16th in run defense, which isn't great, but Cullen Jenkins did an excellent job up front.
Along the same lines, the Seattle Seahawks also had a decent year, ranking 15th in run defense. Brandon Mebane stuffed up the middle for them.
So between the Broncos and the Panthers, who needs Still more?
The Broncos' Brodrick Bunkley holds things together up front, but it would be nice for him to play alongside someone who is durable and will play all 16 games. Also, Denver's run defense was ranked 22nd last season, showing that they could use a little extra help at defensive tackle. The Broncos don't have any more pressing needs than this.
The Panthers are also desperate for someone at this position. Their run defense was ranked 24th in the league and they have no solid option at nose tackle. However, the eighth pick seems way too high for Devon Still. Maybe they will trade down and hope to get him later or maybe they will take him that high just because they understand their dire need.
The Broncos and Panthers will have to work out who is going to take Still, and I see Carolina getting their way because of their favored position in the draft. He will add much needed size to their line and provide a presence on their defense that should get Cam Newton the ball much more quickly and much more often than Carolina did in 2011.
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