NFL Draft 2012: Devon Still Of Penn State Now Viewed As Fringe First Round Pick

Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still may be a first round pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Penn State DT Devon Still Projected To Go To Packers In SB Nation Mock Draft

Former Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still is projected by the 2012 SB Nation Mock Draft to be selected by the Green Bay Packers with the 28th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft (SB Nation).

After initially being seen as a solid first round pick, Still's draft stock took a hit. But, in the latest SB Nation mock draft Still was taken in the first round. Here's what our Packers blog Acme Packing Company had to say about their pick:

The Packers are one of those teams that can truly go best player available. With that in mind, it was fair and away Still, who also happens to be a good fit for their 3-4 front. There was no defensive tackle in the nation that played better than Still in 2011. He's a powerful player, but has the arm length and enough athleticism to line up at end.

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NFL Draft 2012, Devon Still: Penn State Product Projected To The Denver Broncos

In SB Nation's latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft, Ryan Van Bibber projects that Devon Still of Penn State will go to the Denver Broncos with the 25th pick.

Lost in the Peyton Manning circus is the fact that Denver's defense still needs a little help. Still adds some strength to the middle of John Fox's four-man front. He also brings the ability to pressure quarterbacks from the middle, which should only help what was already a solid Denver pass rush thanks to last year's addition of Von Miller.

Still was originally expected to go within the top half of the first round but has fallen recently in many mock drafts. Factors for his slide include concerns about his consistency and increased competition from underclassmen who have foregone eligibility to join the NFL Draft player pool, according to the NFL Network's Mike Mayock.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Philadelphia Eagles Linked To Luke Kuechly

in SB Nation's latest NFL Mock Draft, Ryan Van Bibber has the Philadelphia Eagles drafting inside linebacker Luke Kuechly with their first pick.

Kuechly has been linked to the Eagles by many analysts. He's an ideal fit for the Eagles 3-4 defensive scheme and may very well be there at the No. 15 pick.

Philly desperately needs some defensive help, and a man like Kuechly could go a long way towards solidifying the linebacker core. At Boston College, Kuechly was a tackling machine, totaling 191 last year. Nobody was within 40 tackles of him nationally for the lead by season's end.

The Eagles could look for help along the offensive line also after seeing Michael Vick on his back way too often. With the amount of money invested in Vick, it wouldn't be shocking to see Andy Reid and co. add a piece or two up front.

We'll all find out soon enough, with the NFL Draft rapidly approaching on April 26th.

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NFL Draft 2012: Todd McShay Has Still In First Round Projection

With the NFL draft drawing ever closer, analysts continue to release their most updated mock drafts.

ESPN's lead draft experts - Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, Jr. - have each recently published their third editions of their respective mocks, and only one of them has Penn State DT Devon Still as a first round prospect.

McShay sees Still as a fit for the Patriots at pick 31: Still could show more consistency, but if the Patriots get their pass-rusher at No. 27 and there are no viable options available at wide receiver, he would offer an upgrade over DTs Kyle Love and Ron Brace in four-man fronts. Playing alongside Vince Wilfork would help Still early in his career, and if he learns to play with better pad level he could become an impact defensive tackle.

Kiper, however, did not place Still in his first round projection.

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NFL Draft 2012: Mike Mayock On Devon Still

Mike Mayock held a conference call with reporters ahead next week’s NFL combine and fielded questions on a number of prospects, including Penn State’s Devon Still. Here’s what he had to say.

I think as far as he’s concerned, he’s in the deepest position in this year’s draft. Prior to the juniors coming out, I had him as the number one defensive tackle in this draft. When I got a look at Brockers and Jerel Worthy, and Dontari Poe, I said oh, oh, wow.

So I have those three juniors ahead of Still. I’ve got first round grades on anywhere from five to seven defensive tackles. Now they’re not all going. But my point is depending on who you like and what scheme you play in, Fletcher Cox from Mississippi State, Kendall Reyes from UCONN, Brandon Thompson from Clemson, plus the guys I already mentioned all seven of those guys are in the mix.

Probably four or five will go in the first round. Devon Still has a great body, a great skill set. He helped himself this year but there is a consistency or lack of consistency factor that he’s got to work on when he’s talking to scouts and coaches about his ability to show up on every snap.

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2012 NFL Draft: Devon Still, Six Others Expected At Penn State Pro Day

Seven Penn State Nittany Lions football players will audition for pro scouts on March 14, when the school holds its NFL Pro Day.

Defensive tackle Devon Still headlines the Penn State group which will run drills in front of various NFL scouts and front office decision-makers; the NFL announced Monday that defensive end Jack Crawford, cornerback D'Anton Lynn, wide receiver Derek Moye, cornerback Chaz Powell, lineback Nathan Stupar and guard Johnnie Troutman are also expected to participate.

Still missed the Senior Bowl to rest an injury, but is nonetheless expected to be drafted in the top half of the first round. In his latest 2012 Mock Draft, SB Nation's resident draft expert Ryan Van Bibber projected Still to go No. 8 to the Carolina Panthers.

The seven Nittany Lions will all be looking to impress NFL evaluators in advance of the 2012 NFL Draft, which begins on April 26.

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2012 NFL Draft: Penn State Standout Devon Still Mocked To The Seattle Seahawks

Great defensive linemen are hard to find and highly coveted. Luckily for Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still, that's exactly what he's expected to be.

Still has been rising up draft boards since the start of the 2011-12 college season, and is a popular pick in the top half of most mock drafts.

In this post-Senior Bowl mock, Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation has Still going 11th overall to the Seattle Seahawks. This would make sense for the Seahawks on a lot of levels.

First, most experts feel that Still's best scheme is the venerable 4-3 defense that Seattle employs. Secondly, the Seahawks could definitely use a big body in the middle to help push the pocket and stuff the run. Still could make Pete Carroll's defense dominant after it already ranked ninth in yards against last year.

Seattle rated 15th against the run, something Still would be expected to help in a big way. The 310 pound giant would be an excellent addition to a rapidly improving unit.

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2012 NFL Draft: Devon Still Out Of Senior Bowl, Three Former Penn State Teammates In

Three former Penn State Nittany Lions football players will represent the school in the Senior Bowl, which takes place Jan. 28 at 3 p.m in Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.

Offensive lineman Johnnie Troutman, defensive back D'Anton Lynn and defensive lineman Jack Crawford were all selected to compete for the North Team. Defensive tackle Devon Still was also invited, but opted out of the event due to injury.


Related: SB Nation's 2012 NFL Mock Draft

Crawford had 40 tackles, 22 of them solo, and 6.5 sacks. The 6'5, 270-pounder is projected to be a mid-to-late round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Lynn, a 6-0, 210-pound cornerback, is expected to be selected late in the draft, if at all, after recording 49 tackles, one interception and nine passes defensed during the 2011 season.

Troutman is seen as a borderline draft pick.

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2012 NFL Draft: Devon Still Projected In Top 10

Penn State standout Devon Still has been getting plenty of attention lately. The 6-foot-5, 310 pound defensive tackle has shown scouts and coaches alike his ability as both a run stuffer and pocket crusher.

In Draft Countdown's recent mock draft, Still is being projected as the Carolina Panthers pick at 8th overall. He would make a lot of sense in this slot for a few reasons.

Most experts feel that Still would be a better fit in a 4-3 defense than a 3-4. On top of that, Carolina coach Ron Rivera made his bones as a defensive coordinator and would love nothing more than a stud on the D-Line.

Secondly, the Panthers desperately need help on defense. Carolina saw a huge offensive boost with Cam Newton at the helm but still struggled to win games with such a porous defensive unit. With Still clogging up the middle - especially against the run - Jon Beason and company can make some more plays.

Devon Still looks like just the type of player most teams can build a defense around. It will be interesting to watch how the coming months shake out.

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Mel Kiper 2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Devon Still Of Penn State To Kansas City Chiefs

Rated as the top defensive tackle in the 2012 NFL Draft class by Mocking The Draft, former Penn State defensive lineman Devon Still is almost certain to hear his name called in the first round of April's draft.

In the Mel Kiper 2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.0, the ESPN analyst projects that Still will be selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the No. 11 pick.

Devon Still, DT, Penn St. Romeo Crennel could use a disruptive interior line presence in his system, and Still can be a penetrator in the 3-4, capable of occupying blockers and making plays in against the run while also splitting gaps against the pass. He came on in 2011 at Penn State and should help this defense up front, as the Chiefs also get Eric Berry back in the secondary in 2012. With this kind of reinforcement, the Chiefs have a chance to become an upper-echelon defense going forward, something they showed glimpses of this past season.

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NFL Draft 2012: Devon Still Scouting Report

Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still figures to hear his name called in the first round when the 2012 NFL draft gets underway this April.

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