2012 Guide: What Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services said about WHITNEY MERCILUS: Illinois, 6035 261 4.68. Junior entry. Started 15 games in his career. Productive and relentless as a pass rusher to the quarterback. He led the FBS in sacks and forced fumbles. Explosive first step quickness. Slender build with a frame where he could put on another 10-15 pounds of good weight. Good pursuit effort. Illinois plays a radar type defense where the defenders are always moving around to confuse the blocking scheme. Mercilus plays both ends and moves inside. He stands up or puts his hand down in a 3-point stance. Good lateral quickness. He shows a strong desire to get to the quarterback or track down a ball carrier. Disruptive penetrator and upfield rusher. Scheme has much to do with his success and production. Quick but has difficulty disengaging. Generally must beat you with his first move. His 10-yard dash time is comparable to a running back. Projects to an edge 3-4 pass rusher. Only started two games prior to 2011. His hustle and effort are undeniable, but he needs technique refinement. Instincts appear to be off. Plays high on double team blocks. Can be single blocked and walled off. Left school to support his immigrant Haitian parents. Needs pro physical development. 2011 stats: 57 tackles, 22.5 TFL, 16 sacks, 9 FF, 1 FR. Edge speed:left 2.08, right 2.26. OSR:7/25. First/ second round. (A-33 7/8, H-9 1/4, BP-27, 10-1.55).