The New York Giants could go in many directions with their first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. One possibility we have not talked much about it using the 32nd overall pick on a defensive tackle.
With Chris Canty recuperating from knee surgery and Marvin Austin having not played in two seasons, added depth at this position might be a necessity. With that in mind let's use today's 2012 NFL Draft Prospect Profile on a player who could be a late first-round option -- Devon Still of Penn State.
A tall, physically put together defensive lineman with good girth through the lower half, but has the frame to get even bigger. Possesses "plus" power and get off burst for his size, but is still learning how to put it all together. ... 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.
Pro Football Weekly says:
Thickly built and well-propotioned with outstanding size and length, Still looks the part and flashes impact, athletic ability, power and disruptive ability. However, has to play with more consistent intensity and snarl to maximize his potential. Has a bust factor.
Draft Tek says:
... possesses the prototypical size and height for the position. He is very strong and powerful in the upper half of his body, although his lower body could use some work. He's shown good punch and drive with his hands. He has a nice repertoire of moves and flashes the ability to dominate; he's very hard to block in one on one matchups. Still is a handful, consistently draws double-teams which allows edge rushers to work one on one. He still needs to improve his pad level, struggles to consistently stay low when coming out of his stance, which results in inconsistency at the POC. Due to his limited athleticism, he lacks the ability to chase down ball carriers. NFL bloodlines; cousins Art Still and Levon Kirkland played in the league.
Devon Still Profile
School: Penn State
40 time: 5.08
2011 Stats: 55 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks