Consistently inconsistent. I think that is a fair assessment of Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still. At times, he shows flashes of absolute greatness. However, there are also periods of time that go by where Still just seems to go through the motions and makes no impact.
Early on at this year’s NFL Combine, I really liked when Still came out and stated with confidence that he was the best defensive tackle coming out. Over the next few days, he failed to backup the statement. His less than impressive performance really hurt his draft stock (the anti-Poe).
When you look at Still’s film, you can definitely see first round talent. At times, you see top 10 kind of talent. However, the consistency factor just doesn’t seem to be there. I really don’t think it’s an endurance type of thing either.
At 6-5 and 303 pounds, Still has a dominant frame when he is playing at his best. He is good with his hands and has the ability to get off blocks in order to stop runners. When getting double teamed, he seems to hold his own pretty well and can still clog up the middle.
Although there are many instances where you will see him explode into the backfield, I don’t think he is very consistent with a quick first step. On passing situations, he seems to have trouble from time to time dealing with quarterbacks who can move. He’s not super nimble when he gets into the open field situations.
Another knock that many have on Still is his pass rushing. He has been successful at times, but overall, he was never an elite pass rusher. When he gets to the next level, I think that is likely one of the biggest thing teams will try to work with him on.
Despite his stock dropping recently, you can’t deny the talent that Still has shown while at Penn State.
Check out this video of Still against Alabama, via DraftBreakdown.com.
Still definitely shouldn’t be an option for the Eagles at 15. However, if they trade back or Still falls into the second round, I think he may be on the radar. This would be assuming the Eagles haven’t drafted a defensive tackle at that point.
When watching Still on film, there were times where he didn’t just make great plays, he made outstanding plays. The consistency just wasn’t there though. I’m not sure if being put into the Eagles defensive tackle rotation would be beneficial for him, but if the Eagles think it would help, then I think his value would really increase.
Still could also be a guy the Eagles try to bump up a bit in the second round to get. I think he has a high upside, but the real question would be the frequency he could play at that high level.