Career Recap: Stills had a very good true freshman season in 2010. He caught 61 passes for 786 yards and five touchdowns, and was a good complement to star receiver Ryan Broyles. Stills was mildly disappointing as a sophomore, especially after Broyles went down with a knee injury partway through the season. Stills hauled in 61 passes for 849 yards and eight touchdowns last year. He was an All-Big XII Second-Team selection.
Stills had a huge game against Florida State, and was the top offensive player who pushed the Sooners to a road win. The sophomore also had a big game against Texas Tech, but he didn't record a 100-yard game in his last five outings.
Off the field, Stills had an arrest just after his freshman year on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence.
2012 Season Outlook:
There is no reason for Stills not to have a big junior season. He has a senior quarterback in Landry Jones and is part of an offense that features a pass heavy gameplan. Jones has big arm and can make all the throws. There also is a derth of quality defenses in the Big XII for Oklahoma to be challenged by. Stills has a nice complementary receiver in Jaz Reynolds, so he could have a decent amount of single coverage.
Broyles is in the NFL, so Stills should see a lot more targets than he has the previous two seasons. As long as Stills stays healthy, there is no reason for him not to set new career highs in catches, yards and touchdowns.
Stills doesn't look like he has any special traits to be a mismatch receiver at this point. He does not have burner speed or overwhelming size and physicality. Stills is a jack-of-all-trades but a master of none.
That being said, the junior has a skill set that should allow him to produce. He uses his size well and plays with some physicality. Stills also has some quickness that he uses to get open. Stills plays bigger than his listed measurements. One would think that he was a few inches taller with the way he looks. Still has the ability to make some tough catches in traffic with good body control.
Overall, Stills has the makings of a plus route-runner and hands receiver. He is sudden in and out of his breaks to get separation from defensive backs. Stills is adept at running downfield and works well along the sideline.
The junior needs to increase his production in 2012 and show the ability to be a dominant receiver at the college level. If he doesn't provide more yards, receptions and touchdowns with Broyles in the NFL, it will be a major red flag for him.
For the next level, Stills would probably be best as a No. 3 slot receiver if he doesn't improve on his production as a junior and/or senior. Perhaps this season Stills will prove that he can be more than that.
2013 NFL Draft Expectations:
Stills currently looks like a second-day pick. However that is based on him meeting the expectations of elevating his game to another level. He has an experience edge at this point in his career and good supporting cast. If Stills doesn't increase his production significantly, he will slide into day three of the draft.