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Bills on trail of Mercilus

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2012 – 1:55 pm

Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus is a pass rusher that’s been forecast to go in the bottom half of round one at the earliest. According to the pass rusher the Bills were one of a handful of teams that spent a lot of time with him here at the NFL Combine.

“Some of the teams I’ve talked with… Bears, Chargers showed interest also… also the Bills,” said Mercilus. “They showed interest… a lot of interest. Those are just a few. It sounds good and I can’t wait to see what unfolds throughout the process until draft day and see where I land at.”

The knock on Mercilus is he didn’t have a breakout season until this past year at Illinois with an impressive 14.5 sacks and 8 forced fumbles. He’s got pure pass rushing ability, and chalks his one year of production up to “still learning the game.” It’s hard to say if he’d be an option for Buffalo in round two as he’s expected to test well here at the Combine.

In what is a year without a ton of top flight pass rushing talent at the top of the draft board some of the so called experts believe he could go at the end of round one. The league’s Draft Advisory Committee however, gave him a third round grade. Only time will tell.


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