Kenny Stills to Saints: How Does the Wide Receiver Fit in New Orleans?

Will OsgoodAnalyst IApril 27, 2013

Oct 27, 2012; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners receiver Kenny Stills (4) prior to the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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With the 11th pick of the fifth round (No. 144 overall), the New Orleans Saints selected Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills

Stills was a super productive player at Oklahoma under Bob Stoops with Landry Jones throwing him the football. The 6'0" slot receiver got open with regularity and made difficult catches seemingly with ease. 

Interestingly, he already has a little chemistry built up with future Hall of Fame Saints quarterback Drew Brees:


If that's the primary reason the Saints took Stills, it doesn't make much sense. But if it was just the icing on the cake from an evaluation standpoint, then it could be a nice added bonus. 

As with the other previous selections, the question is this: How does Stills fit with the Saints in 2013 and beyond? 

Stills is a punt return candidate as a guy who has nice lateral quickness and agility. He is the type of guy who can juke defenders in space. 

He is also a great fit for the Saints who can go across the middle and up the seam. Knowing the way Brees flings the ball all over the field, Stills' value could be higher with the Saints than with other teams. 

Stills does not have great first-step burst or deep speed. He isn't the guy to replace Devery Henderson. But then again, Lance Moore pretty much took that role a season ago (16.0 yards per catch). 

Moore could continue in that role, along with Joe Morgan in his role, with Stills stepping into a true receiver role in which he goes over the middle and runs the short, concise routes that made Lance Moore one of the most underrated receivers in the league. 

That is how Stills fits in New Orleans.

As a college receiver, he had unreal production. The Saints ultimately prefer productive college players, so the Stills selection didn't surprise much. 

He earned most of those receptions with crafty route-running and effective running with the ball in his hands. In other words, he is actually going to replace Moore, who replaced Henderson. 

It is an interesting concept. But with Moore's role changing over the last year, the team really needed to replace him in his former role. 

Stills can, and will, be that guy.