COULD STEELERS BE TARGETING DEVON STILL

11 Mar

Posted by Tyler Dunn, March 11th 2012, 8:11 am EST

Steelers fans have an interest in a number of defensive tackles available in this year’s draft.

But one name that hasn’t been projected to the team often is Devon Still.

This is for a number of reasons. Still was at one time considered by most to be the top defensive linemen in the draft, but over recent weeks – his stock has fallen.

With players like Dontari Poe, Michael Brockers and Fletcher Cox seemingly on the rise, could Still be available where the Steelers sit at pick number 24?

It’s doubtful.

But maybe a more interesting question, if he was available – would the Steelers draft him?

Maybe.

Still is seen as more of a 43 defensive tackle than a 34 nose. But at 6’5, 305 lbs. he doesn’t lack the necessary size. 6’0, 305 would probably be more desirable for the stout position which anchors the 34 base sets; but if he shows he can get enough leverage, his height won’t be an issue.

Still has a couple of links to Pittsburgh. He is the nephew of Steelers great Levon Kirkland, and grew up a Steelers fan. He has recently made comments suggesting he would like to play for the team.

Saying, “It would always be a dream come true to play for my favorite team”.

Although he hasn’t been talked about as a potential Steeler until recently, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to see Pittsburgh make a play for him. G.M. Kevin Colbert likes to keep his interest in players under wraps.

Similar to when they selected Ziggy Hood or Rashard Mendenhall, two generally surprising selections, maybe the team is just hoping Still will be there for them.

Seeing a young, strong player like him in between Hood and Cameron Heyward along the defensive line sure would indicate success for the defense for years to come.

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