Mountaineers in the Pros
Multiple NFL Teams Showing Continued Interest in WVU Product Dante Stills
As Dante Stills continues to take the necessary steps to achieve his goal of reaching the NFL, a couple of the same teams keep showing an interest in the former Mountaineer.
The New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers appear to be two franchises linked to Stills. Based on several reports and confirmed by our colleagues with Steelers Now, who are on location covering the NFL Combine, Stills met with both teams in Indianapolis on Wednesday.
Stills also talked with personnel from the 49ers in Las Vegas at the East-West Shrine Bowl a month ago. The WVU product’s discussions with San Francisco reps was confirmed by our Mike Asti while covering the event in person at the time. The Patriots may have the most intimate knowledge of Stills as a player. Members of their coaching staff, including head coach Bill Belichick, coached one of the teams in Vegas and were able to work with players at practices all week.
With most NFL Draft experts believing Stills will get drafted, even if in a later round, it’s certainly a plus for him to have marquee franchises showing continued interest. The New York Giants are another team Stills met with in Las Vegas, but there is no word on if he has talked with them again.
No matter what, Stills does have a professional football fallback option after being drafted by the USFL‘s New Orleans Breakers. He may even have a professional opportunity with the WWE waiting for him as well.
The Fairmont, West Virginia native recorded 26 tackles, 13 solo, and 4.5 sacks during his final season at WVU in 2022. His 2021 campaign stands as his individual best statistics wise, posting 36 tackles, 29 solo, and a single-season best 7 sacks.
He set the WVU program record for tackles for a loss in his fives years as a Mountaineer towards the end of the 2022 season.