Photo of Whitney Mercilus
Grade
72.5 ?
  • 4.68 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 27 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 118.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.17 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.53 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 7/8" Arm Length
  • 261LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Whitney is an early entry junior who red-shirted as a freshman and started only one year in 2011 at Illinois. He played the weakside end at Illinois and would be best served there in a 4-3 defense in the NFL. He has third-round value but could ascend if he times well in pre-draft workouts and continues to show his athletic ability.

Analysis

Strengths

Whitney is a fast, athletic defensive end who is quick off the snap and has a good burst to close on the quarterback. He is a situational rusher who excels against the run and brings the versatility to run to the flats at his size. Whitney is able to quickly get off the snap and engage into his man's frame. He excels in pursuit down the line of scrimmage and is a high motor player. He attacks the line of scrimmage with a vengeance and employs a number of pass-rush moves; he can win at the next level with his speed rush.

Weaknesses

Whitney's feet are slowed by his instincts as he oftentimes gets caught looking into the backfield and hesitates when diagnosing the run. He can get occupied by bigger, stronger blockers and tends to shut it down completely in these looks. He is more quick than explosive. He is a drag-down tackler who relies on his body weight and is inconsistent in his wrap-up form.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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