I know it's been a few weeks since ive did my draft Flavor Of The Week write up, and while I could easily say I wanted to wait after some bowl games or I wanted to wait until the end of the season, I must admit that would not be 100% truthful. The truth is I have just been lazy, so here I am back and ready to go again to grace my fellow panther fans with my Flavor Of The Week presence.
Now I must admit, I can't remember his user name on here but i'm sure he will post in this thread but a user on here actually has been posting about Whitney Mercilus for the last couple weeks and I honestly really didn't pay Mercilus any attention until recently so whoever you are, I credit you for bringing him to my attention. So with that said, let's get started.
It's no secret our defense needs work. Yes we can certainly use a solid defensive back like a Dre Kirkpatrick or Morris Claiborne to help stop the pass, there is also another way of stopping the pass and that is with sacks, lots of them. Meet Whitney Mercilus, 6'4, 265 lb, 4.65 40 time. His stat line is nothing short of amazing.
per Walterfootball; A typical game from Mercilus in 2011 has featured a sack and a forced fumble. He leads the nation in sacks and forced fumbles. Thus far, the junior has 52 tackles with 19.5 tackles for a loss, 14.5 sacks and nine forced fumbles entering the Fight Hunger Bowl against UCLA. Mercilus has shown no mercy this season to offensive tackles and quarterbacks. All year long, he has been beating tackles with a combination of speed, strength and athleticism. He had a good game against Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams and Wisconsin's future NFL linemen. Mercilus is extremely fast and gets upfield in a hurry. His speed puts offensive tackles on their heels, and he has the athleticism to drop his hips and shoulder to turn towards the quarterback. Mercilus' strength can take linemen by surprise, and he has a powerful bull rush. In run defense, Mercilus anchors and holds his ground well. He needs to work on shedding blocks in order to be able to make more tackles in the ground game.
If Whitney Mercilus sounds familiar it's because he is eerily similar to another Illonois defensive end who was a NFL star, you might have heard of him, his name was Simeon Rice. After doing research I think Mercilus will fly up draft boards come draft time and I think he will be a projected top 10 pick and could be the perfect pick for us at 8 or 9. He is solid against the run, a nightmare for QBs, and is a complete stud. Just the possibilities of him destroying Drew Brees twice a year every year alongside Charles Johnson would be reason enough in my book to draft this kid. Is he a one year wonder? Yes, but boy what a year it was.
Oh and his last name is Mercilus. Pronounced, Mer ci less. That's just beastly.