Originally Posted by LZ
He might use his hands better, but Reed had an up and under move, an inside spin, a legit edge rush and could bull rush. If anyone wants to show me any games where Mercilus exhibited those pass rush moves, I am more than willing to come watch. Hand placement and usage may very well be in Mercilus' favor. Mercilus is the better overall prospect though.
I agree with all of this. I think merci has more high end potential, but I can't predict who will be the better player this upcoming season.
If reed has progressed a good amount it'd probably be him though. I don't think merci is going to be ready for a full time gig next year but you never know.
As far as just pass rushing goes I too give the edge to reed.