STRENGTHS - An explosive athlete, Stills surprised me with how polished he is. Quick off the ball, he accelerates to full speed fast and can close cushion on CB. He has the high end playing speed to get separation on deep routes and to make big plays running after the catch. With his long, linear frame I did expect him to run sharp, precise routes and combined with his burst he consistently showed the ability to get separation from man coverage. Unlike many college receivers, I was impressed with how consistently Stills worked back to the QB to come and get the ball, rather than waiting for it to get to him which only gives the defender a better chance to close in time to make a play on it. Fearless, Stills showed no concern for himself catching pass heading into traffic, takes hard hit and holds onto the ball. Although he will occasionally body catch, the bulk of the time he reaches out and plucks the ball with his hands. He consistently has shown the hands, body control and concentration to twist and adjust to make tough catches on off-target passes. Quick tucking the ball away, Stills gets started up the field fast after the catch. He is an elusive runner who can make sharp cuts to make tacklers miss and runs aggressively with the ball after the catch. Despite a slight looking frame, Stills has the strength and balance to keep feet vs hits and arm/grab tackles so he can consistently gain yards after contact. In addition to his consistency and production catching passes, Stills has proven to be a strong and productive blocker. He gets after man quickly, stays over feet and blocks man out of the play consistently. .
WEAKNESSES - Despite showing good flexibility and athleticism much of the time, Stills looks stiff and upright running routes at times. He needs to stay focused on maintaining proper bend while running routes to be effective. At times he lets ball get into his body and ends up fighting it and dropping passes he should easily catch. His slight looking frame raises concerns about his being able to be a durable NFL receiver. .
SUMMARY - For whatever reason, Stills has not received the accolades of many of the other name receivers, but in my eyes he is a good prospect with the tools to be a quality starter who makes big plays with the ball in his hands. Blessed with quick feet, Stills is able to accelerate to full speed fast, has the speed to run by cornerbacks and to get separation deep down the field. Even though he drops some passes he should catch, he generally displays very good hands and has shown the ability to adjust and make tough catches seem routine. Additionally, Still has consistently shown the ability to make big plays running with the ball after the catch. His ability to turn short passes, like quick hitting slants, into big plays is what makes him so valuable. Overall, Stills will likely be drafted a little lower than I have him rated, but I believe he can be a productive starting receiver in the NFL.