Devon Still: I’m the best defensive tackle in the NFL draft

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If nothing else, Penn State’s Devon Still is one of the most confident players in this year’s NFL draft.

Still boasted at the Scouting Combine that he’s the best player available at his position.

“I think hands down I’m the best defensive tackle in this draft,” Still said. “I was able to take over a lot of games this season. Just the production that I had, I was able to disrupt plays even if I wasn’t making tackles or sacks.”

Mike Mayock’s rankings have Still as the fourth-best defensive tackle in the draft, behind LSU’s Michael Brockers, Michigan State’s Jerel Worthy and Memphis’s Dontari Poe. But Still, whose college career got off to a slow start because of a torn ACL and then a broken fibula, said he’s getting better.

“What drives me is that when I first started playing football, whenever I do something, I’m very competitive,” Still said. “I want to be the best at it. When I got injured my two years at Penn State, a lot of people said I wouldn’t be the same player as I was when I showed up on campus. I think that drove me just to prove everybody wrong. To this day, I don’t think I’m where I need to be right now. I want to make my mark in the NFL, just as I did at Penn State and become one of the best.”

17 responses to “Devon Still: I’m the best defensive tackle in the NFL draft

  1. Still is very good. But Brockers just blew up pockets. He was a monster, and made LSU’s defense one of the best of the decade, not just the year.

    I’d be happy with either one, though, and you can’t fault a kid for being confident.

  2. watched a Penn St game this year and he absolutely dominated for a few plays in a row and then his name wasn’t called again..makes you wonder if he ran out of gas or just took the rest of the game off

  3. That’s not confidence; it’s arrogance. These guys have very little humility. Don’t tell people how great you are. Show them. Braggarts like this are usually the idiots that hold out to be paid the most at their position even when it is clear that they are not deserving.

  4. i’ve seen people in other talent areas that aren’t satisfied unless they are the best. If they find they aren’t close to the top, they slack off, since only 1st matters to them. Being an ordinary good one doesn’t interest them.

  5. Fries my bacon and burns my grits the way ‘some’ of these college kids talk as they enter the NFL Draft.

    They think they’ve earned NFL respect by tossing other ‘boys’ around who may be 4-5 years younger and less experienced. They’ve earned nothing.

    There’s ways to exude confidence and then there’s silly bragging.

    Bragging about Best in the Draft??? It doesn’t mean a thing today.

    Best on the Field AFTER your drafted… AFTER you’ve lined up against guys as big or bigger; as fast or faster; as strong or stronger; as football smart or smarter… Now THAT’s something to talk about.

    Shut the pie-hole and do your talking after you’ve earned the right to talk.

  6. FinFan68 says: Feb 26, 2012 9:15 AM

    That’s not confidence; it’s arrogance. These guys have very little humility. Don’t tell people how great you are. Show them. Braggarts like this are usually the idiots that hold out to be paid the most at their position even when it is clear that they are not deserving.
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    Normally, I agree with you. But don’t forget that these kids are told from middle school how great they are and remember that even to be an elite college talent, you have to have been the best player on every team you’ve been on since pee-wee football. Its VERY hard for a lot of people to be humble when they literally ARE the best player on the team for 10-15 years before making it to the NFL, where they are also playing with people that were the best of the best until they were 22 or 23 years old.

    So yes, he’s arrogant, but can you really say you’d be any different under the same circumstances?

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