With the 144th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints have selected Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills.
WOW! I didn't see this coming but we all know Sean Payton has a difficult time going through any draft without selecting a new potential offensive weapon. With Nick Toon from last year's draft and now Kenny Stills, the training camp battle at WR could get very interesting.
Here's a link to an April 15th NFL Network video interview where Stills talks about what his ideal NFL situation would be. Judging from his response, me thinks he's probably very happy right now about going to New Orleans. Check out that awesome mohawk!
Good athlete. Good first step off of the line of scrimmage well and has the speed to get behind cornerbacks and the quickness to create separation out of his breaks. Tracks the deep ball very well. Good hands. Flexible, and can make the adjustment to reel in off-target throws. Shows body control and the ability to catch the football at the high point.
Lacks great size for the position. Doesn't appear to have elite speed. Not overly physical. Bigger, physical corners will give him issues, especially at the line. Concentration lapses, will drop easy passes. Maturity will be in question due to off-the-field incidents.
While Stills isn't the biggest or the fastest, he has a knack for finding ways to get open. He has the ability to track the football, and make some extremely difficult catches. Stills will likely be selected around the third round.
Here's some info on Stills from SB Nation:
Stills had a big year for the Sooners, hauling in 75 catches for 892 yards and 11 touchdowns. The 6'1, 190-pound junior from Encinitas, Calif., grades out as ESPN's No. 14 draft-eligible receiver. He had four touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 24 seconds left, in a 50-49 thriller against the West Virginia Mountaineers on Nov. 17.
SB Nation's Crimson & Cream Machine has a great breakdown on Stills in this article.
Kenny Stills was certainly a high profile character on and off the field which lead to his being tabbed as part of the "Cali Trio." From his personality to his style of play, his presence was immediately sensed wherever he was. In 2010, Still started every game of the season while setting Oklahoma school records for most receptions and yards for a freshman. His undeniable talent landed him a spot on the Freshman All-American Team as well as an honorable mention for the Big XII Freshman Offensive Player of the Year.
Saints Remaining Draft Picks
- Sixth-round: Pick 15 (183 overall)