Devon Still waited a day longer than he thought he would. But Penn State's former defensive tackle has his team.
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Still with the 21st pick in the second round.
Still had been projected as a first-round pick early on and had a solid showing at the NFL Combine in February. He was one of 26 players invited to spend Thursday's first round of the draft in the green room at Radio City Music Hall, but also one of six players in the room that were not selected Thursday.
The 6-foot-5, 303-pound Still made 55 tackles, including 29 solos and 17 tackles for loss, and 4 1/2 sacks last season, bettering his 2010 numbers (39 tackles, 10 for loss, four sacks) in each category. He was slowed late in the season by a back injury and played at less than full strength in the TicketCity Bowl due to a case of turf toe. The native of Wilmington, Del., missed one season with a torn ACL and another with a broken ankle earlier in his career.
Only two defensive tackles were taken in the first round. Memphis' Dontari Poe and Mississippi State's Fletcher Cox went 11th and 12th to the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively. Derek Wolfe of Cincinnati went to Denver with the 36th pick, Kendall Reyes of UConn went to San Diego with the 49th pick of the round and Michigan State's Jerel Worthy went to Green Bay with the 51st selection.
Still is the eighth Penn State defensive lineman to be drafted in the last 10 years. All but one of those players (defensive tackle Jay Alford) were taken in the first two rounds.