With a 3-2 record, the season might not be going according to plan for West Virginia University. However, the team has been very solid on both sides of the ball. Particularly, Darius Stills, their star defensive lineman, has been phenomenal. As a result of his strong play, West Virginia’s Darius Stills is rising up 2021 NFL Draft boards. In this article, we’ll breakdown Stills and examine how his skillset transfers to the NFL. More so, we’ll delve into his draft stock and try to predict where Darius Stills be selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Last season featured a breakout performance for Stills. Through 12 games, Stills finished with 43 total tackles, including 12 for loss. Additionally, the West Virginia defensive lineman finished with 6 total sacks. In 2020, Stills has racked up 15 total tackles in 4 games. Furthermore, He has 6.5tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks on the season. Needless to say, Darius Stills has proven to be a disruption against opposing offensive lines.
Below, let’s look at some highlights from Darius Stills. In the embedded tweet below, Darius Stills shows why he’s rising up NFL Draft boards as he displays his awareness and quickness on this interception. As an interior defensive lineman, it’s quite rare to see this level of athleticism.
Darius Stills! That is one talented big fella. pic.twitter.com/xRlrhlON1p
— Max Olson (@max_olson) October 17, 2020
The video below, which I also highlighted in a summer scouting report on Darius Stills, available here, certainly highlights an effective motor to stay involved in the-lay until the whistle blows. It’s great to see a high motor from Darius Stills, especially on this play as it seemed like it was over quickly, from an NFL Draft prospect.
This was game was a defensive battle. On one of the first drives of the game WVU DT Darius Stills ( @DariusStills56 ) set the tone as he nearly gets the to QB and then loops all the way back around to get himself a sack. A really nice effort and motor play by Stills. #WNSFilm pic.twitter.com/AavoU9AyGB
— Mark 🏈 (@HeaneyNFLDraft) November 5, 2019
Where Will Darius Stills Be Drafted In The 2021 NFL Draft?
The 2021 NFL Draft lacks quality depth at the interior defensive lineman position, especially at the top. However, this draft class is filled with deep talent. In my opinion, we’re likely to see Stills come off the board no later than the second round. Obviously, we’ll have a much clearer picture as we near the NFL Combine. Nonetheless, I think it’s likely to see some prospects rise up draft boards, which helps Darius Stills.