Prospect Profile: DE Whitney Mercilus

An overview, including video, of a potential first-round prospect in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft.


DE/OLB Whitney Mercilus
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DE/OLB Whitney Mercilus
Illinois
6-4, 261

Combine Numbers

40 yard dash: 4.68
Bench press: 27 reps
Vertical jump: 32.0
Broad jump: 9-10
Shuttle: 4.53
Three-cone: 7.17

Projected: 1st round

As a freshman and sophomore, Mercilus had two sacks. As a junior, he led the nation and tied Simeon Rice's school record with 16 sacks and had a stunning nine forced fumbles—the second-most in NCAA history. He won the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end.

Mercilus has the speed to get around the corner and the length to keep linemen at bay. Could play DE in a 4-3 or OLB in a 3-4.

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