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Dante Stills is one step closer to achieving his lifelong dreams of joining the NFL. The Mountaineers’ defensive lineman was invited to participate in the NFL combine, announced today on the team’s Twitter account.The 2023 combine will take place starting Sunday, February 26 and run through Monday, March 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, home of the Indianapolis Colts. This will be the 36th consecutive year the event will be held in Indianapolis
Stills will be a part of the first group of position players to be evaluated, as defensive linemen and linebackers are set to report on the first night. Stills’ invitation to the NFL combine is the second major event he has been asked to participate in, joining the annual East-West Shrine bowl, in which Stills and teammate Bryce Ford-Wheaton will be suiting up on Thursday, Feb. 2 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas
Stills was the second-highest-graded defensive tackle in the Big 12 Conference this season, according to data collected by PFF. Not only that, but he had the eighth-highest-graded season among any defensive tackle in the country. His 85.7 season grade trailed only Texas’ Moro Ojomo (90.6) in the Big 12, and was better than Texas Tech’s Jaylon Hutchings (84.5) and all other conference players at the position. Stills recorded 26 total tackles, nine tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered another this past season. He graduates from the Mountaineer football team with the program record for tackles for loss (53) and ranking fourth in sacks (24.5) Stills earned a first team All-Big 12 selection for the second-straight season. He earned All-Big 12 honors in four of his five years at WVU, with the lone exception being in 2018 when he was a Freshman All-American.
Stills now seeks to follow the footsteps of his father, Gary, and older brother, Darius, into the NFL.