Originally Posted by JerryFan
Just curious what people think about Illinois DE Michael Buchanon. IMO he has a better pro trajectory then former teammate Whitney Mercilus. I would say the one thing Mercilus has on Buchanon is he would always swipe for the ball and strip a lot of them. Buchanon IMO is more athletic, has a much better burst off the line, has just as good of a pass rush, and will play the run much better. He was hurt most of the year this year and played through injuries and Mercilus racked up a lot of sacks for the simple fact that year Illinois had tons of pressure on the qb and it would consistently come from inside and flush the qb out.
How much I like a potential draft pick is dependent on where they are projected to be available.
Buchanon has some physical upside and looks great on some plays. He would be a good developmental backup to Ware at Weak-Side DE and could be used as a Nickel pass-rusher on the other side.
Buchanon's issue is lack of production and consistency.
I don't see the comparison to Mercilus.