Kenny Stills had big shoes to fill when he entered his junior season with the Oklahoma Sooners. In his first season, he learned under Ryan Broyles. When Broyles chose to return for his senior season, Stills continued to play second fiddle to the player who ended up breaking the NCAA career receptions record. Finally, he got his chance to star when Broyles left and did little to improve his NFL stock. Instead of sticking around for his senior season, he probably took into account the torn ACL that almost ruined Broyles’ NFL chances and signed up for the 2013 NFL Draft.
In his three seasons at OU, Stills had 204 receptions for 2,594 yards and 24 touchdowns. He never broke the 1,000 yard receiving mark in any season and will probably head to the NFL vying for a shot at playing slot receiver, a position he was continuously thrust into at OU. It was where he seemed most comfortable, and he just doesn’t have it in him to be a team’s primary receiving threat.
At 6-0, 190 pounds, Stills won’t overpower NFL cornerbacks and will be overpowered by most. He also has a propensity to drop passes he should catch. On the positive side, he is a pure athlete and might make a team just based on what he can offer in the special teams to start out his NFL career. If a team grabs him early in the 2013 NFL Draft, the special teams aspects of his game will be most important if he wants to stick around to develop his receiving game in the NFL.
Stills might be lucky that the skills set players in this draft are so slight, because that might mean a team in desperate need of a receiver might take the chance on him to help them when training camp rolls around. He will hear his name called, but it will be much later than his former teammate Ryan Broyles heard his last year.
Kenny Stills 2013 NFL Draft Projection: 6th Round