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Whitney Mercilus was truly dominant this year for Illinois, racking up 16 sacks and 22 tackles for loss, which led the FBS. Those are the numbers that pop out to teams when they make their first-round pick.
The Seahawks sit at 11 or 12 with a need at defensive end and linebacker, and Mercilus looks like one of, if not the most, qualified to fill those holes.
He has been praised by many to be similar to Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants sack machine, yet others have said he does not have the athletic ability to play like Pierre-Paul.
He will have the combine to prove that he can contribute on the next level.
There's no question that Mercilus can get to the quarterback. He is a high-motor player, and he will play to the fullest, regardless of injury or obstacle. He put in such a tremendous effort in 2011, even after losing part of a finger, that the Seahawks could pull the trigger on this Big Ten phenom.
Overall, there will be many options, such as Courtney Upshaw and Melvin Ingram, the Seahawks will have to chose from. If he can prove that he is a special player at the combine, he could very well be Seattle's first selection in the draft this April.