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Mailbag: I'm wondering how we have not taken a look at Whitney Mercilus from Illinois

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by CCBoy, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    ...Nate Clark- Salt Lake City, UT: I'm wondering how we have not taken a look at Whitney Mercilus from Illinois yet. His 2011 stats are phenomenal (not to mention his tape), and personally, I think he deserves to be mentioned as one of the top three defensive players in this draft.

    Nick: Not to be argumentative here, but how do you know the Cowboys haven't looked at him. I'm sure they have. And I bet they like him. Personally, I don't know too much about this guy but looking at his stats, like you said, he looks pretty good. Seems like a good fit for the 3-4 scheme. Maybe he's the next Pierre-Paul or Aldon Smith. I wouldn't be opposed to getting him.

    Rob: Who says they haven't? You can bet they've looked at everyone dating back to the college season. And you're right – he's the right size at outside linebacker, and what I like about him is he forces turnovers. Nine forced fumbles last year. This defense could use more of those.
  2. reddyuta

    reddyuta Well-Known Member

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    Its hard to overlook that kind of stats,you dont luck into them in a top conference.
  3. CowboysLaw87

    CowboysLaw87 Well-Known Member

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    I like some Mercilus. The guy is extremely long, productive, and has a great background story about overcoming difficulties in his life.
  4. ABQcowboyJR

    ABQcowboyJR Well-Known Member

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    When I first watched him he didn't impress me much. However, like said above you can't ignore that kinda production.
  5. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    The one thing that worries me a little about Merciless is that his stats look a lot like Spencer's did while at Purdue.
  6. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    Understood, burm....in a trade down situation, Whitney Mercilus or Barron would be my target in the first round.

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