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Still, Devon

Card: Sage Hit Low 2012
Acquired: 4/27/12, Box Breaker

At 6’5″, 303 Devon Still is considered one of the most NFL ready defensive linemen in the 2012 draft.   He has massive size to clog lanes on the inside and occupy blocks, displaying good technique to beat double teams,  the ability to get to the passer, and the power to bowl over would-be blockers. He has been a reliable and productive player throughout his time at Penn State and is considered an almost immediate starter to the run defense hungry team that might draft him. Still is a strong player who gets off the line quickly for his size and shows the explosion to blow back offensive guards into their own backfield. He excels as a run defender by using his strength to occupy a blocker while he reads the play and reacts, which is ideal for a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense. He has the ability to use hand technique and footwork to remove himself from blocks and get in the backfield. For a massive nose tackle, he is an above-average pass rusher who can use an array of swim and dip moves to get to the passer.  In his final year at Penn State Devon recorded 55 tackles, 17 for losses, 4.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble.
The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Still with the 21st pick of the 2012 draft.  He’ll spell Geno Atkins at DT his rookie season as he learns the more complicated pro ropes. The Bengals needed him as they were badly exposed in the playoffs by the Texans who had all day to pass and run against them in both the 2011 and 2012 playoffs. Playing in 8 games in 2012, Devon recorded 7 tackles and 2 PD. He had 14 tackles, .5 sacks and a forced fumble through week 8 of 2013, but an elbow injury has left him shelved much of the season.

Meggett, Davin

Card: Sage/ Hit Low 2012
Acquired: 2012, Box Breaker

Davin Meggett was a powerful 4 year runningback at the University of Maryland.  A Doak Walker 2011 dark horse candidate before his Senior season, Meggett averaged 74.7 yards per game. He was also dependable in the receiving game, recording 17 catches in his last year.  Before that he split time in a crowded and talented backfield.  A small-ish back at 5-9, with a strong frame (218 lbs), Davin finished his career ranked 7th on the school’s All-Time rushing list with 2,411 yards. He has great vision, thrives running between the tackles, and his short stature allows him to hide behind the line efficiently before making his cut.  This made Meggett an intriguing prospect that many scouts have likened to Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State.

He is expected to contribute to a team as a stout, short yardage back who provides a change of pace out of the backfield. Going unselected in the 2012 draft, Meggett signed a free agent contract with the Houston Texans and spent a good deal of the season on the team’s practice squad. He was cut at the end of November and later picked up by the Colts who placed Davin on their practice squad.

Green, Ladarius

Card: SaGe Hit Low 12
Acquired: 4/27/11, Box Breaker.

At 6″6′, 238, the freakishly sized Ladarius Green was a late riser to the 2012 Draft, after playing at Louisiana- Lafayette.  In 2010, Ladarius had 44 receptions for 794 yards, an 18 yard average and 7 touchdowns.  On the biggest stage of his young career in 2011, Ladarius made 5 catches for 121 yards and a TD against San Diego State during the New Orleans Bowl in 2011. Green was a very productive pass-catching tight end and has displayed the type of athleticism that makes him a mismatch at the next level and the type of player a team could fall in love with. He’s a big tight end who understands how to get open and use his frame to be a good option for the quarterback in the short passing game and has good foot quickness, which he uses along with his frame to work against zone coverage and box out smaller defenders to secure the easy first-down catch. Green also possesses the body control that allows him to leap, torque and reach both high and low for poorly thrown balls, making him the type of red-zone option who can have his quarterback throw jump balls.  His career numbers are 149 receptions for 2201 yards, 14.8 YPR, and 22 touchdowns.

The San Diego Chargers grabbed Ladarius with their 4th round selection of the 2012 draft. Apparently they feel he will make a nice compliment to Antonio Gates.