Devon Still doesn't need super agent Drew Rosenhaus to enhance his case to NFL teams.
OK. Having a fast-talker with loads of charisma on your side helps.
But, Still seems adept at selling himself. "I think I offer somebody good representation," he said. "Just going to Penn State you know how to turn into a young man. Also, I'm a player who lives in the backfield. I like to disrupt plays as much as possible. They are getting the best of both worlds."
Will the combination make Still the Nittany Lions' 11th first-round draft pick since 2000?
Still will learn his fate Thursday, when the good seat for the three-day event. He will be one of 26 players inside Radio City Music Hall.
It could be an exhilarating, or frustrating, night for the 6-foot-5, 303-pound defensive tackle.
The first round begins at 8 p.m. Thursday. The second and third rounds begin at 7 p.m. Friday. Having to wait nearly 24 hours between rounds to be selected isn't an enjoyable experience.
Opinions on Still are divided. Former Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt rates Still as the draft's 27th top prospect and the Associated Press and CBS's Pat Kirwan project the New York Giants to grab Still with the 32nd and final pick of the first round. Former Baltimore Ravens coach and Fox Sports analyst Brian Billick, the NFL Network's Mike Mayock and ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. rate Still anywhere from the 39th to 44th on their lists of top prospects.
Still said the projections contrast what he's hearing from teams and Rosenhaus.
"A lot of the stuff I hear in the media is up and down," he said. "But the feedback I'm getting from the teams is real positive. They think I'm going to go between the middle of the first round to the end of the first round, so I'm just looking forward to Thursday to see where I go."
Still, 22, draws on his own experiences at Penn State to combat angst the draft process might cause. He suffered two major injuries -- a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2007 and a broken ankle in 2008 -- before blossoming into one of the nation's best defensive tackles.
The Big Ten named Still its top defensive player for 2011 after he had 55 tackles, including 17 for a loss. At the NFL combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 5.08 seconds and posted a vertical leap of 291/ 2 inches.
Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson's penchant for developing NFL-ready players might help Still on Thursday. Two of Still's former defensive linemates -- Aaron Maybin and Jared Odrick -- were first-round selections in 2009 and '10. Linebackers Cameron Wake, NaVorro Bowman, Paul Posluszny, Dan Connor and Sean Lee also parlayed their Penn State experiences into NFL success.
"Part of the reason I came to Penn State is that Coach J has a really good track record of sending players to the NFL," Still said. "A lot of them have flourished when they got to the next level. So hopefully, they understand the type of coaching I got from Coach J will help me excel at the next level."
Still has NFL ties in his family. Former NFL defensive end Art Still and linebacker Levon Kirkland are his cousins.
After Penn State's loss to Houston in the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 1, Still, who has a young daughter, started training in Miami with draft hopefuls from the University of Miami. He said he's prepared for what awaits Thursday and beyond.
"It has been a roller coaster, a lot of stress and it's also a lot of excitement," he said. "As a little kid, you wish you could be in the situation that I am in right now. I'm just trying to make the best of my opportunity."
Cornerbacks D'Anton Lynn and Chaz Powell, defensive end Jack Crawford, linebacker Nate Stu-par, wide receiver Derek Moye and guard Johnnie Troutman are among Penn State's other draft hopefuls. The draft ends Saturday with the fourth through seventh rounds.