He suffered torn ligaments in his left knee in 2007 pre-season camp, then missed almost all of the 2008 season after breaking his left ankle in August (though he returned to play 10 snaps in the regular-season finale). Finally healthy as a redshirt sophomore, Still make 19 tackles, 5.5 for loss, and two sacks as a reserve. With Jared Odrick off to the NFL for 2010, Still stepped forward as a starter, leading Penn State with 10 tackles for loss and four sacks.
Scouts liked what they saw in Still in the Outback Bowl in January, as he camped in Florida's backfield with 3.5 tackles for loss. Continuing that sort of display of size and natural athleticism throughout his senior season, while staying healthy, adding better stamina, and more consistent explosion off the snap, could help him follow fellow Nittany Lions defensive linemen Odrick and Tamba Hali as first round picks.
Pass Rush: Has not yet shown the initial quickness or closing ability to be a major pass rush factor at the next level. Comes fast the hard, though, if given a step by backpedalling linemen in pass pro; will work through the whistle. Tries to swim past his man when there is room to maneuver, bothering the quarterback but rarely getting there. Effective taking up two blockers and flashes some quickness outside on twists.
Run Defense: Most productive against the run when slanting into the action. Strong at the point when keeping his pads low, but his height means a constant battle to prevent linemen from getting under his pads. Fights through doubles, at times still finding the ballcarrier through traffic. His anchor against doubles when not attacking the pocket is inconsistent, at best; blown off the line too often. Good effort to reach ballcarriers coming into his area, keeps his eyes on them and can make the play even when moving back or losing his balance. Must work on defeating cut blocks with his hands.
Explosion: Combination of size and strength has not yet been harnessed. Inconsistent off the snap, more often last one to move than the first. Does not knock back better linemen. Fatigue becomes an issue later in game, loses his explosiveness off the ball and hustle.
Strength: Rarely dominates his man at the point. Capable of shedding with strong hands and tossing aside guards if their heads are down, but could do so more regularly.
Tackling: Wide body and long, strong arms envelop backs running between the tackles. Good vision and strength lets him bring down backs by a shoelace, even if falling to the ground. Possesses nimble feet and fair change of direction for his size, chases ballcarriers around the line and can stay with elusive backs after they make a move. Gives some chase to the sideline on quick throws and when backs try to run outside.
Intangibles: Fellow PSU lineman Chris Bell reportedly pulled a knife on Still before the 2008 season and threatened him after Still accused him of stealing a cell phone case from his locker; coaches stopped Bell before he could cause Still harm. Suffered torn left ACL/MCL in August 2007, broken left ankle in August 2008. Cousin Art Still played for the Kansas City Chiefs. Another cousin, Levon Kirkland, was a standout linebacker with the Pittsburgh Steelers."
Has the ability to bend, as he at times keeps his base down and butt under him off the snap. And when he can gain leverage on contact the guy has the ability to consistently overwhelm at the point and dominate.
Possesses good power on his bull rush, exhibits the strength to consistently drive blockers into the backfield and is also much more sudden laterally when his feet are under him. However, has a tendency to get upright too often and can easily be eliminated inside. Ends up on the ground far too often for someone with his physical skill set.
Loses balance easily inside trying to get up the field because of his pad level, fails to breakdown and can be ridden to the ground too often. Displays some developing pass rushing skills, used his hands much better toward the end of the year in order to defeat blocks.
Showcases a nifty arm over, some natural lateral quickness when trying to slip blocks and can simply overwhelmed and/or pull the rug out from a blocker. However, when he gets high he can easily be stonewalled and has a somewhat inconsistent motor.
When the pad level is down in the run game, the guy can anchor, shed and make plays off his frame. Is long armed, can gain inside leverage and use his power/quickness to rag doll blocks and disengage. However, too often comes off the ball high and can be washed out easily at times, even pancaked vs. stronger offensive lineman.
Possesses the athleticism to get up and down the line defeating reach/slide down blocks, but again motor and passion both come into question with this guy.
Impression: Is starting to put it all together as a senior. If you can keep him motivated has the talent to mature into a very good starting caliber lineman at a number of positions in the NFL."
Spends too much time on the ground and isn't stout against the run — too easily engaged, lets his pads rise, doesn’t use his hands violently and gets leveled by double-teams.
Moves well and flashes some penetrating ability, but eyes and instincts are off, has lethargic feet and needs more glass in his diet."
There are just too many almost tackles limiting his impact on the game.
Still doesn't appear to play with the explosiveness necessary to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. The biggest concern is his inability to anchor and create a consistent push on the line. A defensive lineman that gets pushed off the line or ends up on the ground will not make plays.
Overall, Still has potential but he needs to play with more explosiveness. He has the physical abilities but appears hesitant resulting in near tackles. For him to be considered a legitimate NFL prospect he needs to really have an impact season.
Bold Statement: Still will have a breakout season and come off the board in the 2nd or 3rd round.
Games Viewed: Alabama ('10), Florida ('10), Ohio State ('10), Temple ('10)
- Still has good size and bulk with the frame to add more weight
- He has good snap awareness and gets off the ball quickly
- His low pad level helps him maintain leverage
- Still shows flashes of disruptive ability but is inconsistent
- He is unbalanced and ends up on the ground to often
- While he shows potential, most of the time he is unable to make the play
- There are to many almost tackles
- He struggles to anchor against double teams often getting driven off the ball or falling to the ground
- His lack of anchor ability puts a doubt in his ability to be a two gap player"
Put up good numbers in 2010 when he posted 39 tackles including 4 sacks and 6 other tackles for loss, but was still considered to have had an inconsistent season as too often he appeared content to just tie up opposing blockers; also struggles at times to hold the point of attack when double teamed;
However, has the quickness to shoot the gap and plays with good pad level when attacking the line of scrimmage; reportedly did get into better condition this off-season, but his durability has been an issue as he tore an ACL in as a freshman in 2007 and then broke an ankle the following year."
Good size, looks the part, has the frame to add additional weight, has the combination of strength and quickness to win one-on-one battles; powerful upper body, when he gains leverage on contact, can overwhelm at the point and dominate, often needs to be doubled up on to be handled...
Good rip and swim moves, gets penetration, can push and pressure the pocket and disrupt the play; can knife through gaps and quickly work his way into the backfield... Strong, violent hands and long arms, very strong at the point of attack when staying low, slips blocks very well, does a solid job in the stack and shed game...
Does a good job versus the run, can be difficult to move, anchors well, can occupy double teams, has fairly good speed in backside pursuit... Agile with reasonably quick nimble feet, changes direction well for his size, has the athleticism to get up and down the line...
Good vision, locates the football, even when facing double teams, good wrap-up tackler... Versatile, could play 4-3 DT (3-technique) or 3-4 DE (5-technique), would fit well in a two-gap system... Had a breakout season and could come off the board toward the end of the first round... His physical skill set is impressive and he has a lot of promise.
Negatives -- Not a great pass rusher, lacks explosiveness, inconsistent get-off, creates some pressure but rarely results in sacks... Can get upright when he tires and expose himself, height serves as a disadvantage, staying low and gaining leverage consistently has been a problem, can be eliminated from plays...
Lacks balance, ends up on the ground too often, loses control at times and allows momentum to get the best of him... Rather inconsistent, loses stamina as the game moves on, wears down toward the end of games, motor runs hot and cold... Plays down to his opponents and will struggle versus better linemen...
Durability issues, tore left ACL and MCL during 2007 pre-season camp, also missed most of the 2008 season with a broken left ankle, wasn't 100 percent healthy until his redshirt sophomore season...
Some character concerns, accused a teammate of stealing cell phone in April, 2008, teammate pulled knife on him, coaches resolved situation, teammate was dismissed from the team; police found marijuana residue and drug related items at the apartment he shared with three teammates in April, 2009, but all four players were cleared of charges."
At the next level, his pass rush needs work. Whether he is shooting the gaps or improving his first step, teams will need to polish his game if they want him to be able to play all three downs. He doesn't have wide hips, but since he is so lean, he can add weight. There is certainly room on his frame to develop a bigger and stronger base."