Former West Virginia standout defensive tackle Darius Stills is expected to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders as an undrafted free agent. Stills was considered a day-three prospect in the 2021 NFL draft but was not selected on Saturday.
Stills, a West Virginia native from Fairmont, came to WVU in 2017. After a quite true freshman year, Stills recorded 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack as a sophomore in 2018. He broke out as a full-time starter in 2019, racking up 47 total tackles with 14.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks, earning first-team All-Big 12 honors.
Stills chose not to turn pro and return for his seniors season in 2020. His stats dropped a bit to 25 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks with one interception. Even so, he was wide-regarded as one of the best nose guards in the country. Following the season, Stills was again a first-team All-Big 12 selection, was named the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year and earned consensus All-American honors. Stills finished his WVU career with 85 total tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.
Stills is the son of former NFL linebacker Gary Stills, who also played at WVU. Stills recorded 159 tackles and 26 sacks for the Mountaineers. He was drafted in the third round of the 1999 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. The elder Stills played for the Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and St. Louis Rams from 1999-2008. He was selected to the 2003 Pro Bowl.
Stills’s younger brother, Dante Stills, also plays for the Mountaineers. A year younger than Darius, Dante considered also declaring for the NFL this year but chose to return to WVU for the 2021 season.