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Old 04-28-2012   #301
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I'm feeling better about this pick..

Still think there were better players we could have picked, but I expect Mercilus to be solid...Show up everyday kind of guy...
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I'm feeling better about this pick..
...Show up everyday kind of guy...
I think that's the reputation he's earned at the college level. Same thing with Posey.

Looks good for our team.
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Interesting inside look at Mercilus' story and his draft night:

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Great find. Love the video.
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THIS JUST IN! .... Wade knows more than we do about football.
Last I checked this is a message board where folks give their opinions on Houston sports. It is a draft that just took place. Some people will love certain picks and others may not. This is a place where fans come to discuss their thoughts on things like the draft. If you don't like to hear people possibly questioning certain picks than I would suggest that you don't login. Anything would be better than stating the obvious that wade knows more about football than random fans.
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I think it's funny how new England jumped in front of us to get Donta Hightower ILB, Alabama, Team Captain with High Character. It seems in the past I remember some pats fan on their forum getting mad at us for taking the player they wanted, Barwin was one. I bet they thought we were targeting this guy.
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Interesting inside look at Mercilus' story and his draft night:

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Will somebody transcribe the end of the video... starting basically leading up to the picks. He looked worried for a few minutes as teams were passing him up. Curious what was being said. And ESPECIALLY transcribe the phone call.

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I think it's funny how new England jumped in front of us to get Donta Hightower ILB, Alabama, Team Captain with High Character. It seems in the past I remember some pats fan on their forum getting mad at us for taking the player they wanted, Barwin was one. I bet they thought we were targeting this guy.
Theres a chance they thought that but I think more likely they wanted to get in front of Baltimore and Denver picking at 25 just happened to be the first team they could strike a deal with. Baltimore wound up trading out of the first round once their pick rolled around.
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I love this guy's attitude
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ESPN wrote an article of the "Best Draft Marriages". Mercilus got ranked at #3:

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3. Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Houston: Mercilus may have been a one-dimensional defensive end at Illinois, but that one dimension -- pass-rushing -- is exactly what the Texans needed. They already have a coach (defensive coordinator Wade Phillips) who knows how to turn undersized college defensive ends into dominant pass-rushing outside linebackers.

Mercilus also has exactly the kind of résumé that should make Phillips' job much easier. Mercilus made his name in college by leading the country in sacks (16) and forced fumbles (nine) as a junior last fall. He wasn't much of a threat against the run, but the Texans won't be as concerned about that early in his career.

At 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, he compares favorably to 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith, another former college defensive end who became a 3-4 pass-rusher as a rookie last fall. Smith wound up with 14 sacks in his first season. Mercilus could come close to similar production in Houston's defense.
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Will somebody transcribe the end of the video... starting basically leading up to the picks. He looked worried for a few minutes as teams were passing him up. Curious what was being said. And ESPECIALLY transcribe the phone call.

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tonight is going to be special, because I get to spend it with people close to me instead of go to New York city where half would have to stay, and watch it on tv and half of them go. So it was better to have everybody who was part of my success and be together in one room and watch my name get called. Girl- this is Whitney Mercilus marble shaped cake. number 85 from Illinois, sorry if it's a bit chaotic, we are just setting up for the party. Kid- go bears, go bears, If San Diego picks you to be on their team I am going to be so angry, but I am going to move there right next to ya, Laughter. TV- welcome to prime time and the 2012 draft. with the first pick the colts pick Andrew Luck, The Washington Redskins pick Robert Griffen the 3rd, Whitney talk- that's my boy, I know him. TV- with the 7th pick the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pick mark Baron. With the 14th pick St Louis Rams select Michael Brockers, Whitney- which city im I going to be in man. TV- with the 18th pick San Diego picks Melvin Ingram. Crowd gabbing his shoulder with someone saying shot down I think. Tv 19 pick Chicago picks shey something, Defensive end, you can see disappointment on family faces. Answer phone with a whats up, Hey man I'm glad man, I'm happy about that, warm weather like I thought. Hey I'm all for it, Laugh, TV- with the 26th pick the Houston Texans select Whitney Mercilus, crowd noise with nice upskirt, LOL. The dad I guess- Something about Texas and I don't know anything about Texas but now I'm going to know. Whitney- I'm a Houston Texan in camera.
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A line package of Merci-Crick-Watt-Barwin on passing downs looks mighty beastly on paper. Have Reed playing joker in said formation...
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tonight is going to be special, because I get to spend it with people close to me instead of go to New York city where half would have to stay, and watch it on tv and half of them go. So it was better to have everybody who was part of my success and be together in one room and watch my name get called. Girl- this is Whitney Mercilus marble shaped cake. number 85 from Illinois, sorry if it's a bit chaotic, we are just setting up for the party. Kid- go bears, go bears, If San Diego picks you to be on their team I am going to be so angry, but I am going to move there right next to ya, Laughter. TV- welcome to prime time and the 2012 draft. with the first pick the colts pick Andrew Luck, The Washington Redskins pick Robert Griffen the 3rd, Whitney talk- that's my boy, I know him. TV- with the 7th pick the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pick mark Baron. With the 14th pick St Louis Rams select Michael Brockers, Whitney- which city im I going to be in man. TV- with the 18th pick San Diego picks Melvin Ingram. Crowd gabbing his shoulder with someone saying shot down I think. Tv 19 pick Chicago picks shey something, Defensive end, you can see disappointment on family faces. Answer phone with a whats up, Hey man I'm glad man, I'm happy about that, warm weather like I thought. Hey I'm all for it, Laugh, TV- with the 26th pick the Houston Texans select Whitney Mercilus, crowd noise with nice upskirt, LOL. The dad I guess- Something about Texas and I don't know anything about Texas but now I'm going to know. Whitney- I'm a Houston Texan in camera.
So the family didn't know it was the Houston Texans who had called on the phone?

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I like him, but I never thought for a moment he would get past 22. Great pick at 26, I'm confident Wade will get what he wants out of him. He reminds me a lot of Aldon Smith actually, the OLB that the Texans were supposedly targeting in round 1 last year. A young guy with a high motor, great speed off the line, and also a one-year wonder in college. We all know how that turned out for the 49ers, let's hope Mercilus is the same.
Except Mercilus is faster (4.68 vs. 4.78) and stronger (27 reps vs. 20)

Smith has a couple inches on vertical, but they are even on broad jump.

Smith had 11 sacks in 2009 and 6 sacks 2010 at Missouri...Mercilus had 16 in 2011 for Illinois.

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tonight is going to be special, because I get to spend it with people close to me instead of go to New York city where half would have to stay, and watch it on tv and half of them go. So it was better to have everybody who was part of my success and be together in one room and watch my name get called.

Girl- this is Whitney Mercilus marble shaped cake. number 85 from Illinois, sorry if it's a bit chaotic, we are just setting up for the party.

Kid- go bears, go bears, If San Diego picks you to be on their team I am going to be so angry, but I am going to move there right next to ya, Laughter.

TV- welcome to prime time and the 2012 draft. with the first pick the colts pick Andrew Luck, The Washington Redskins pick Robert Griffen the 3rd,

Whitney talk- that's my boy, I know him.

TV- with the 7th pick the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pick mark Baron. With the 14th pick St Louis Rams select Michael Brockers,

Whitney- which city im I going to be in man.

TV- with the 18th pick San Diego picks Melvin Ingram. Crowd gabbing his shoulder with someone saying shot down I think.

Tv 19 pick Chicago picks shey something, Defensive end, you can see disappointment on family faces.

Answer phone with a whats up, Hey man I'm glad man, I'm happy about that, warm weather like I thought. Hey I'm all for it, Laugh,

TV- with the 26th pick the Houston Texans select Whitney Mercilus, crowd noise with nice upskirt, LOL.

The dad I guess- Something about Texas and I don't know anything about Texas but now I'm going to know.

Whitney- I'm a Houston Texan in camera.
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So the family didn't know it was the Houston Texans who had called on the phone?

Nice. Thanks for taking the time to do this for me. I appreciate it.
It cut straight to him answering, I'm guessing he told everyone the area code and to shut up right beforehand lol
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I don't believe this interview given right after the Combine has been posted.

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Editor’s note: The following is a partial transcript from an Illini Drive @ 5 interview with Illinois football’s Whitney Mercilus, who entered the NFL Draft after his junior season and participated in last week’s NFL Combine.

Illini Drive @ 5: What most surprised you about your performance in Indianapolis last week?

Whitney Mercilus: The thing is, I was expecting everything to happen the way it did. Because the way they trained me down in Phoenix, Ariz., at Athlete’s Performance, they didn’t leave any stone unturned. We trained every part that we could, just to kill the Combine and everything. Everybody that I trained with, they killed the Combine also. I came out there and I was expecting to run a 4.6 (40-yard dash). I ran a 4.63 and I was happy about that, put up 27 (reps) on the bench, hit my goal, got a 32 on the (vertical jump) and I was showing that I was fluid on the position drills also, that I definitely have a lot of heads to turn and I’m not a one-year wonder.

ID@5: What would you say to people that call you a one-year wonder?

Mercilus: I guess it’s because the 2011 season I had 16 sacks and previous seasons I think I had only one sack … and then all of a sudden I just exploded onto the scene. And that’s what they’re calling me a one-year wonder for. I call that a negative stigma. It just gives me motivation to show people that I am not a one-year wonder.

ID@5: Would you just say that the opportunity just came (to go to the NFL) and you just grabbed life by the horn and seized it?

Mercilus: Yeah I definitely did, because it was a way to help my family out and everything. And I didn’t come from a background that was too glamorous and what not. So yeah definitely, I took advantage of a door that opened for me.

ID@5: All the things that you’re learning now, do you plan on taking these workout methods with you to the future or do you think your workouts will shift once you get to an NFL team?

Mercilus: Oh no, that’s exactly what they’re training us for at API. It’s basically for a lifetime. To understand how efficient you can make your movements and understanding your body. It’s basically training our minds to become a pro and understanding how to train ourselves when we don’t have somebody to train us. It’s helping us a great deal and it allows us to train for the long 16-game season that’s coming ahead of us in the NFL.

ID@5: What events will you participate in at Illinois’ Pro Day?

Mercilus: I’ll participate in, of course, the position drills. I don’t know if they’ll have me doing just D-line or linebacker drills, but I’ll be planning on doing both. Some of the teams run 3-4 and teams that run 4-3 also, and I’ll be doing my 5-10-5 and my L drill, getting better times in those.

ID@5: Where is your ideal fit in defensive scheme?

Mercilus: Probably would be a 4-3 right end. I’ve had my hand in the dirt for my entire career and I’ve never dropped back into coverage, but I will play wherever what team wants me to play, outside linebacker in the 3-4 position. All I have to do is learn the drops, and I think I’ll be able to land it.

ID@5: I’m going to put on my NFL GM hat right now, sell me on Whitney Mercilus.

Mercilus: Whitney Mercilus, me as a person, I’m going to give you 110 percent of my effort. I’m not going to slack off, I’m going to go hard until the whistle blows. To me I’m a pass rusher, pure pass rusher. I’m going to play the run, too. I think I’m great. I have great bend in my hips, I’m pretty flexible. I’m great at the point of attack, I have a great first step, I have a variety of pass rush moves to get past the offensive tackle building off my first step.
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