Still Slips to Late Second Round
Still at the NFL Combine.
Still at the NFL Combine.
Posted Apr 27, 2012

Penn State's All-American defensive tackle is taken by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the NFL Draft.

Once projected as a top-15 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still saw is stock slip after his senior season.

As it turned out, the All-American fell entirely out of Thursday's first round.

Still had to wait until Friday night to hear his name called, going with the 53rd overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals. He was the 21st selection of the second round.

Still was in New York for the draft. Though he seemed emotional about the long wait, he handled it with class.

"It's definitely a roller coaster," he told the NFL Network after he was picked. "Only a certain number of people get to play in the NFL, and for me to be in New York and play in the NFL is a blessing."

Three defensive tackles were taken in the first round. In the second round, Derek Wolfe of Cincinnati (36th), Kendall Reyes (49th) of UConn and Jerel Worthy (51) of Michigan State were taken ahead of Still.

Still's production tailed off toward the end of his senior season, causing NFL scouts to question his “motor.” Prior to the Nittany Lions' Bowl against Houston in Dallas, Still revealed he had played the end of the regular season with a case of turf toe.

It prevented him from playing in the Senior Bowl in January and he said it slowed him at the NFL Combine in February.

Stay tuned for more on former Penn Staters in the NFL Draft. No other Lion is expected to go in Friday's second and third rounds.

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