Cincinnati Selects Still in Second Round of NFL Draft
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; April 27, 2012 - The Cincinnati Bengals selected Penn State All-America defensive tackle Devon Still (Wilmington, Del.) Friday in the second round of the National Football League Draft.
The 2011 Big Ten Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year and Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year, Still was the No. 53 overall selection in the NFL Draft.
A 2011 consensus first team All-American, Still becomes the 27th Penn State football student-athlete to be drafted since 2006, including 14 in the first three rounds. A total of 326 Nittany Lions have been selected all-time in the NFL Draft, including 36 in the first round.
The last Nittany Lion drafted by the Bengals was wide receiver Ethan Kilmer in 2006. Cincinnati selected former Penn State All-America tailback Ki-Jana with the first pick in the 1995 NFL Draft.
There are 34 former Nittany Lions on NFL rosters, placing Penn State in the top 15 nationally among schools in producing current NFL players.
During his senior year, Still emerged as one the nation's most dominant forces from his defensive tackle position. In addition to becoming Penn State's fifth Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year since 1998, the team co-captain earned a spot on 10 All-America teams and was a finalist for the Outland and Nagurski Trophies and Bednarik Award. Still was second in the Big Ten in solo tackles for loss (15.0) and tied for fifth in overall TFL (17.0-minus 77), leading a Penn State defense that ranked in the Top 10 nationally in scoring, total, pass and pass efficiency defense.
Still was among the conference leaders with 4.5 sacks (minus-36) and recorded 55 tackles, with one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a pass break-up. He anchored a Penn State defense that held nine opponents to 18 points or less last season, as well as seven opponents to less than 100 rushing yards.
He was selected Penn State's Most Outstanding Senior player in 2011, becoming just the third defensive lineman to earn the award since its inception in 1978. He graduated last December.
Still and former teammate Odrick (2009) are the only defensive tackles who have earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year since 1994.
The second and third rounds of the NFL Draft are tonight, with rounds 4-7 Saturday starting at 12:00 p.m.
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