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New Orleans Saints Select WR Kenny Stills in the Fifth Round of the NFL Draft

Posted Apr 27, 2013

Oklahoma WR Kenny Stills was drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the 144th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft

Wide Receiver
University of Oklahoma Sooners #4
6:00.1-190 Encinitas, California
La Costa Canyon High School  


Kenny Stills

The New Orleans Saints have added another offensive weapon to their arsenal with their fifth round draft pick (144th overall): University of Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills. The 21 year-old Encinitas, California has football in his blood, as his father, Ken Stills Sr., played safety for the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings in the late 80’s. During his time as a Sooner, Stills proved to be an effective player and made an immediate impact. In 2010, Stills started all 13 games while setting the Oklahoma school record for receptions and receiving yards by a freshman. He was named to the freshman All-American team at the end of the season. Stills started for the next two years and decided to forego his senior season. In his three years in Norman, he started in all 38 games in which he played, accumulating a total of 204 receptions for 2,594 yards and 24 touchdowns.

At the 2013 scouting combine, Stills was a top performer in the 40-yard dash, running a 4.38. This mark tied him for fourth among all attending receivers. Stills’s speed and route-running make him a threat to all opposing defenses due to his ability to stretch the defense and create a big play. Out of his 24 touchdowns at Oklahoma, six of them came from 40 yards or longer.

COLLEGE CAREER – The 10thplayer in Saints history to be selected from Oklahoma, Stills comes to New Orleans following a three-year career with the Sooners where he established himself as one of the nation’s top deep threats. Utilizing his outstanding body control, balance and quick second gear to stretch the field and get behind defenders, the California native left Norman ranked fourth in school record books in receiving with 204 receptions for 2,594 yards (12.3 avg.) with 24 touchdowns. His yardage total ranks third in school record books, while his touchdown grab number ranks fifth.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Selected by the Saints in the fifth round (144th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

2012 – A unanimous All-Big 12 Conference second-team selection, Stills shifted to split end as a junior, opening all 13 games and led the team with a career-high 82 receptions for 959 yards (11.7 avg.) and 11 touchdowns, adding 22 yards on two carries and making four solo tackles. Reception total ranked fifth on the school season-record list. Reached the 100-yards receiving mark in three contests, while recording at least six receptions in 10 contests…Had six catches for 121 yards and a 68-yard score vs. Texas-El Paso, followed by 120 yards on 10 snatches and a touchdown vs. Florida A&M…In the Kansas clash, made a sensational 44-yard scoring grab over a pair of defenders, while picking up 90 yards on six receptions…Added 21 and 31-yard scoring grabs to go with six catches for 92 yards vs. Iowa State and had nine catches for 103 yards and a touchdown vs. Oklahoma State…Tied a school game-record with four touchdown receptions, including the game-winning score with 24 seconds remaining at West Virginia and also matched his career-high with 10 catches, gaining 91 yards.

2011 – Named All-Big 12 Conference second-team by the league’s coaches and honorable mention by the Associated Press, as he started 11 games at flanker and finished second on the team and sixth in the league in receiving with 61 receptions for 848 yards (13.9 avg.) and eight touchdowns. Gained over 100 yards in three contests and at least seven receptions in four games…In opener at Florida State finished with 125 yards receiving...Hauled in multiple touchdowns for the first time vs. Texas, as he snared five balls for 51 yards…Had season-highs in receptions (eight), receiving yards (135) and receiving TDs (two) vs. Texas Tech, including a 58-yard score…Produced 101 yards on four grabs at Kansas State…Had six receptions for 75 yards at Baylor.

2010 –  Named Freshman All-American first-team by the NFL Draft Report and Phil Steele as he set Sooners freshman records for catches and yardage, starting 14 games at flanker and finishing third on the team with 61 catches for 786 yards (12.9 avg.) and five touchdowns. Also gained 16 yards on a punt return and recorded a solo tackle…Had a season-high 86 yards on four catches that included a score vs. Texas Tech…Added another touchdown behind five grabs for 86 yards vs. Texas and snatched a season-best eight throws for 83 yards vs. Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl.

PERSONAL – Communications major at Oklahoma with an emphasis in broadcasting and electronic media…Rated as a five-star recruit by Scout.com coming out of La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) HS, where his career totals of 3,041 yards receiving established a San Diego area career-record…As a senior in 2009, the All-CIF first-team choice hauled in 45 receptions for 914 yards and 10 touchdowns…As a junior in 2008, snatched 62 passes for 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns…Father, Ken, is a former safety who starred for the Green Bay Packers from 1985-89 and closed out his career with the Minnesota Vikings in 1990…His uncle, Gary, was a standout linebacker at West Virginia and was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft, playing for the Chiefs until 2005, before suiting up for the Baltimore Ravens (2006-07) and St. Louis Rams (2008)…Born Kennth Lee Stills, Jr., on April 22, 1992 in Encinitas, California.