View Full Version : AJ:Texans draft watch: DE/OLB Whitney Mercilus

02-11-2012, 12:23 PM
As the Texans draft watch series continues, we step away from wide receivers for a minute to take a look at another position that might come into play as free agency approaches.

If Mario Williams leaves in free agency, which is a distinct possibility, then the Texans will be in need of an impact edge rusher type to join the outside linebacker rotation.

A player that might fit that bill is Illinios defensive end Whitney Mercilus.

Do even a scant amount of research on Mercilus and you hear two things: "one year wonder" and "won't be able to play outside linebacker in a 3-4."

Really? How do people know this?

I remember when researching Aldon Smith last year that everyone was saying how he wouldn't be able to make the transition to 3-4 OLB. How'd that turn out?

Sure, Mercilus isn't quite as long and lean as Aldon, but there seems to be a thought process out there that in order to be successful as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL, you must have established yourself in pass coverage at the collegiate level.

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