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TEAM STILL UNITE!
No, this isn't a rivalry between me and Kevin revolving around Still and Jerel Worthy. But as Kevin noted, the 3-4 defensive end spot was notorious for its lack of production last season in Green Bay, and there are several candidates to fill that spot at the end of the first round. Still should certainly be one player under serious consideration by Ted Thompson at No. 28 overall.
Still had an impressive five-year career at Penn State, culminating with winning the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011. The 6'5", 312 pounder has played multiple positions on the line in Happy Valley, and is a forceful player in the trenches. Still possesses impressive upper-body strength, and put up 26 reps at 225 pounds at the combine.
Strengths: Still is a powerful defensive tackle who is rarely knocked off the ball. Strong throughout his frame. As a senior, Still kept his pad level low off the snap, which allows him to drive offensive linemen backward. Good short area quickness. Showed much better awareness in the run game as a senior. Was able to more quickly sniff out the ball and decipher where the play is developing. Possesses a frame that can carry more weight. Experienced playing multiple techniques. Has told reporters he started to put more film room time in as a senior. Isn't a soft body lineman. Fast hands. Long arms. Has high upside because of his frame and natural strength.
Weaknesses: Had a tendency to play too tall, especially prior to his senior season. Doesn’t get very creative with his pass rush and mostly relies on his upper body strength. Doesn't play hard through double teams. You'd expect him to rely more on his natural power to beat double teams. Has a hard time getting skinny to split the double. Needs to learn how to protect his legs better against blockers. Torn left ACL in 2007 and a broken left ankle in 2008. Turf toe injury at Penn State's bowl game limited him some at the NFL Combine.
Combine quotable: When I went to Penn State, Coach Johnson let me get a taste of all the different positions on the line. I practiced end when I first got to Penn State and then I moved out to three-technique my sophomore year and I played both the three and the one. For my senior year, I played the majority at the three-technique, so I got a taste of every position on the defensive line.
Still's Scouting Combine results:
6'5", 303 lbs, 33-1/4" arms, 10" hands
40-yard dasy: 5.08 seconds
Bench press (225 lbs): 26 reps
Vertical jump: 29.5 inches
Broad jump: did not participate
3-cone drill: did not participate
Shuttle drills: did not participate
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Verdict: His versatility and ability to play right away will make him valuable as a 4-3 DT or 3-4 DE
Still's injury history is a bit of a concern, but he has the size and technique to contribute immediately. His versatility makes him attractive, and could be an edge that would make a 3-4 team draft him ahead of fellow Big Ten DT Jerel Worthy. Still recorded 17 tackles for loss to go along with 4.5 sacks in 2011, so his production doesn't appear to be any cause for worry.
He could be a major factor as a five-technique end in the Packers' 3-4 system. He certainly has the size that Dom Capers and company would look for, and the athletic ability is excellent, as he showed running a 4.95 in the 40 at Penn State's pro day. Rotating his snaps through the season would be wise, however, as he seemed to wear down at the end of the season. He did not play well in the last two games of the season against Ohio State and Wisconsin (though nobody fared particularly well against Peter Konz and Kevin Zeitler), and he was held out of Penn State's bowl game with turf toe.
Still would be an excellent choice if Ted Thompson wants to shore up the 5-technique end position, provided there are enough other productive bodies to keep his snap count at a reasonable level.
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