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Someone has to put an end to an offensive explosion in the NFL and if defensive end Whitney Mercilus had his say he would be the one.
The 6'4, 265 defensive end led the nation with 16 sacks and forced fumbles with nine for Illinois and after his breakout season he continues to shoot up the 2012 NFL draft charts.
Expected to be a top-50 pick he should make a living frustrating opposing quarterbacks, but it wasn't always this way for Mercilus.
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Defensive End/Rush LinebackerIllinois6-4 261Draft board overall prospect rank: #5Draft board defensive end rank: #1Overall rating: 92 (top ten prospect)40 time: 4.63Positives• Incredibly productive 2011 season (57 tackles, 22.5 for loss, 16 sacks, 9 forced fumbles)• Very consistent (TFL in every game but 1, sack in every game but 2)• Very good pass rusher•...
Shea McClellin OLB Boise State
Both Shea McClellin and Whitney Mercilus could be considered late risers on most NFL draft boards, including the Packers’ board. Different types of late risers, but late risers nonetheless.
Mercilus had only two sacks and didn’t do much of anything at Illinois in 2009-10 before exploding for 16 sacks and nine forced fumbles in 2011. McClellin wasn’t...
With the early departure of defensive end Whitney Mercilus for the NFL draft after his junior season, Illinois will be looking to replace the team’s sacks leader. One defensive lineman under consideration is a two-time defending state champion in Illinois.
Pick twenty-nine is classic, pick thirty is BRONCO TERRITORY!
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Last three picks
27. Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State
28. Whitney Mercilus, OLB/DE, Illinois
29. Harrison Smith, DB, Notre Dame
We broke it down, now it’s time for the Broncos GM to make the pick! Today’s GM is gmunny33...