2012 MHR Community Mock Draft: New England Patriots Select Devon Still, Defensive Tackle, Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 12: Devon Still #71 of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrates after sacking Taylor Martinez #3 (not pictured) of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the game on November 12, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)



With the 27th pick in the 2012 MHR Community Mock Draft, the New England Patriots select...

Devon Still, Defensive Tackle, Penn State

Patriots' GM: crushsg

GM Explanation: As an organization we are starting to realize that we only have the second best QB in the AFC, and he can only win a superbowl with a good defense helping out. Still is someone who can come in and make a contribution earlier than most rookie DT's. You have to be strong in the middle a Devon offers us some versatility and can play either inside on the 4-3 or outside in our 3-4. We really hope he can replace what Andre Carter gave the team last year be a pillar of our d-line for years to come. He offers us tremendous value as we had him as our second ranked interior lineman.

Commissioner's analysis: The Patriots need to beef up their front seven on defense, and I think Devon Still would be a solid fit for their hybrid scheme. He could easily play outside as a defensive end in a 3-4, or kick inside and penetrate from the defensive tackle position. He really broke out in 2011 as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, helping Penn State to a dominant season defensively. I think he's decent value in the later portion of the first round for the Patriots, who had a lot of options with this pick.

Draft Recap:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Minnesota Vikings: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

4. Cleveland Browns: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. St. Louis Rams: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

8. Miami Dolphins: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

9. Carolina Panthers: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

10. Buffalo Bills: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

13. Arizona Cardinals: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

14. Dallas Cowboys: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

16. New York Jets: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

17. Cincinnati Bengals: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

18. San Diego Chargers: Dre' Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

19. Chicago Bears: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

20. Tennessee Titans: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

22. Cleveland Browns: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

23. Detroit Lions: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia

25. Denver Broncos: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

26. Houston Texans: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

27. New England Patriots: Devon Still, DT, Penn State

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