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Which NFL Teams Are Talking to WVU Product Dante Stills?
MORGANTOWN, W.Va – At this point, there’s not much more Dante Stills can do to improve his draft stock. It’s mostly now just a wait and see approach for the WVU football great.
Fortunately for Stills, he’s sitting in a petty comfortable position in late March after doing well at events like the East-West Shrine Bowl and the NFL Combine. Stills showed up to WVU’s Pro Day, but kept his actual participation to a minimum, knowing running certain tests again could only risk hurting his value. He did drop some news while talking to the media in Morgantown.
Stills mentioned that he has a couple visits with NFL teams scheduled. And these visits are with teams that have been interested in him all along. The homegrown West Virginia product is drawing attention from several teams, but especially the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.
What Other Teams Stand Out for Stills?
Stills also talked with personnel from the 49ers in Las Vegas at the East-West Shrine Bowl a month ago. His discussions with San Francisco reps was confirmed by WVSN while covering the event in person at the time. The Patriots are have 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 throughout that 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 multiple 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.
Stills Does Have Backup Options
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.
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