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New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft Profile: Penn St. DT Devon Still

The look at the New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft continues with Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still.

Still is pretty well sized at 6-5, 305 pounds, and has very good speed for his size and position, running a 5.08 40-yard dash at the Combine.  He has a bit of an injury history having torn an ACL in his left knee in 2007 and broke his left ankle in 2008 but went on to play in the final 39 games (26 starts).  Still has football in his blood as his cousins are former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Levon Kirkland and Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Art Still.

While at Penn State, Still had some issues, once accusing a teammate, Chris Bell, of stealing his cellphone in April 2008.  Bell pulled a knife on Still and was later arrested and removed from the team.  He also was in an apartment where marijuana residue was found in April 2009 but a visitor who didn’t attend Penn State was later charged with the crime and Still and three other teammates were cleared.

On the field, Still has a very good first step and can collapse the pocket from time to time but lacks good balance when faced with a powerful offensive lineman and will get knocked down.  He has the ability to shed blocks and get to the ball carrier early but needs to do this more consistently.  His long arms, massive hands, and tall frame give him excellent reach and he will slow down a running back by grabbing at him even if he can’t make the play.  He is excellent against the run and with some extra coaching can become a force at the next level.

Against the pass Still has some potential to get to the quarterback and uses his hands well.  He will use his arms to screen the quarterback if he knows he can’t make the sack.  Still possesses the quickness and power to become a consistent force rushing the quarterback on the inside but needs to improve balance and fight through double-teams with more consistency. He has violent hands that can punch an offensive lineman off balance and has a very nice, fluid swim move.  However, he appears to get lazy on some plays and will start to play too high which also led to problems with him staying upright on the field.

Still’s major detractor is his consistency.  One play he will look like an All-Pro and then on the next will look like a high school backup.  If he can bring it every play he will have a huge ceiling in the NFL and could become a perennial Pro Bowler.  However, with his drive being brought into question he has slipped on many draft boards.

The Giants defensive line needs depth.  Chris Canty and Linval Joseph are the starters inside.  Last year’s second round pick, Marvin Austin, hasn’t played football in two years now after missing his senior season at UNC due to disciplinary reasons and his rookie year because of a torn pectoral.  Behind those three is Dwayne Hendricks and that is it.  It is almost a guarantee that GM Jerry Reese will give Coach Tom Coughlin and Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell some young blood on the defensive line.  If Still is hanging around when the Giants go on the clock he could very well come off the board with the final pick in the first round.

 

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