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Dante Stills’ NFL Draft Profile: Quickness, Maturity Could Lead to Pro Success



Dante Stills

It’s now time for Dante Stills, one of the most accomplished Mountaineers in recent memory, to take his talents to the NFL. This is something that’s appeared destined to happen one way or another throughout the entire draft process.

But what will Stills’ skillset translate to the next level of football? Let’s take a look at his NFL Draft profile.

Dante Stills: A West Virginia Legend

Stills, a 6-foot-3 and 286-pound defensive lineman who owns WVU’s all-time tackle for loss record, has been impressing NFL teams since his college career officially ended at WVU in December. He’s been displaying a maturity that will serve him well professionally. And most importantly, he’s been showing that he belongs in the NFL as a player too.

Asti: Dante Stills’ Legacy at West Virginia Goes Beyond the Numbers

First, Stills impressed coaches and scouts at the East-West Shrine Bowl. There, he garnered attention from the Patriots, Falcons, 49es, Giants and Cardinals. San Francisco is the one to look out for, as they have kept up with him the most, including a visit last week.

Based on the belief that Stills is destined to be drafted, and at the very least land in an NFL training camp, what are the pros and cons of his pro stock?

Pros for Dante Stills

  • Quickness to penetrate gaps
  • Lateral quickness in the backfield
  • Dealt with every opponent keying in him on him in final two years of college
  • Athleticism
  • Ability to get to the quarterback
  • Leadership qualities
  • Father was drafted in the third round played in the NFL for 10 years

Areas of Concern for Dante Stills

  • Undersized for position
  • Individual numbers dropped in 2022 from 2021 or 2020
  • His older brother Darius was viewed similarly and was not drafted

NFL Combine Testing

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.85
  • Vertical Jump: 28.5”
  • Broad Jump: 9′ 5”
  • Short-Shuttle: 4.61
  • Three-Cone: 7.38
  • Bench Reps: 20 reps

Mike Asti was joined by Shane Hallam to discuss Stills’ full draft stock on a recent episode of Mike Drop via the Bleav Network.


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