Catching up with former Fighting Illini defensive great Whitney Mercilus.
About 24 hours into Whitney Mercilus' tenure with the Texans, two things are already clear: The 6-3, 261 pound pass rusher is motivated to prove that he was not a one-year wonder at Illinois and he has a sincere desire to be a benefactor to his family. Those two themes were prevalent during Mercilus' press conference at Reliant Stadium Friday afternoon, when he was formally...
Whitney Mercilus had one - and only one - spectacular season at Illinois. That was all Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips needed to see.
Houston used the 26th pick in the first round on the 6-foot-3, 261-pound Mercilus, and the projected outside linebacker officially joined his new team Friday.
Mercilus was an early entry junior. He led the nation in sacks with 16 and forced...
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April 27, 2012
The Fighting Illini continue to place football players in the first round of the NFL draft. Both defensive end Whitney Mercilus and wide receiver A.J. Jenkins were called with the good news Thursday evening. For Mercilus, it was a dream come true. He was not highly recruited out of high school, but his play on the field in 2011 got the attention of pro scouts.
The Houston Texans, despite trades all over the place, remained at spot no. 26. They surprised many when they selected defensive end Whitney Mercilus from Illinois.
Houston was home to the NFL’s no. 2 defense in 2011, and hardly appeared to have holes that needed filling on the defensive side of the ball. This being said, it was even more shocking that the Texans chose a...
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...
Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus improved his draft stock last season as much as any player in the country. After serving as a role player for two years, Mercilus ripped the pages out of the Illinois record books and replaced them with photos of himself, figuratively speaking anyway. Mercilus also holds down a position the Patriots need to address, and he's projected to...
Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus is one of a handful of pass rushers clocking very good 40 times at the NFL Combine.
Mercilus unofficially ran a 4.65 and a 4.63 for his pair of 40 times. Nick Perry’s unofficial 4.5 and Bruce Irvin’s unofficial 4.43 are the fastest for the position thus far.
Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois #85
Prototypical size for a 4-3 end or 3-4 outside linebacker. Uses his speed to consistently get into the backfield. Does a nice job keeping his eyes on the quarterback and getting his hands up into passing lanes. Impressive motor; saw a lot of double teams, but continued to fight through the whistle. Experienced...
Illinois junior Whitney Mercilus has won the Hendricks Award given to the nation's best defensive end.
Mercilus leads the nation in sacks, sacks per game and forced fumbles. He's also ranked sixth nationally in tackles for loss per game.
The Akron, Ohio, native has 52 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks and nine forced fumbles in 2011.
Mercilus has had at least...