Is Darius Stills Headed to the NFL?

John Pentol

West Virginia standout defensive lineman Darius Stills took a leap this season and now has the eyes of NFL Scouts watching him. The 2019 season was statistically his best after he finished with 42 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and one forced fumble. Stills finished tied with his brother, Dante, for third in the Big 12 with seven sacks, and fourth in the Big 12 with 14.5 tackles for loss. Stills' NFL Draft stock has gone up each week and already has experts discussing his play.

Now, Stills will have a decision to make, to stay for his senior season, or enter the 2020 NFL Draft.

If Stills were to enter the draft, some early predictions have him being selected anywhere from the fifth to seventh rounds of the draft based on NFL team needs. Every Big 12 coach that has game planned for West Virginia this season commented on how good Stills is at his position. Baylor Head Coach, Matt Rhule, praised Stills after their game against the Mountaineers by saying, "I want to make sure I say this, I said it in the press conference, Stills, 56 is one of the best players we've played against. This kid, 56 is everything that I thought he was going to be."

Darius hasn’t made his decision yet but says he will make it soon.

If he decides to leave for the NFL, the Mountaineers will have a big hole to fill, but it's a once in a life time opportunity that he might not be able to pass up.

Comments (5)
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WVUALUM93
WVUALUM93

Seriously, 5-7 round pick????? I don't know how this grade was given but it's typical WVU disrespect as per usual. There are not that many football players better than Darius and I know there's a ton of NFL teams that need help on the D-Line. 5-7 round pick, Give me a damn break. Stay in School and use this to take out on Big-12 O-Linemen & QBs next season.

armyeer83
armyeer83

I think he should stay for one more year where the team should be greatly improved and with the emergence of how good the 4 man front has been doing he should only improve on his sats next year and more then likely earn a higher probably 1st or 2nd round grade from the NFL. If he leaves now even after the year he put on he's still looking at 5-7 round grade. Plus with him and his brother playing another year together means they will just gel that much better together and will wreck teams .

Fgreen1
Fgreen1

The young man should stay He has one year left to play with his brother they both should have one goal on their mind a national championship which I believe they can accomplish this next season with that been said the whole team should be thinking this because they can beat any team out there including Alabama this is a young team with Heart and Determination

Bruno33
Bruno33

Darius, don't go unless they predict you go in 1st or 2nd rounds. I believe your stock will rise to that level after next year.

Eerfull
Eerfull

I disagree. At least the same, and most likely a much better opportunity/offer will be there at the end of next season. Stay and get your degree, finish the job, help your team win, and set an example for others to follow, i. e., Pat White.


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