2012 NFL Draft: Whitney Mercilus' 6 Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses

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2012 NFL Draft: Whitney Mercilus' 6 Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses
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Illinois defensive end and outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus is one of the fastest-rising prospects in this month's draft. He is raw but has the measurements that makes scouts giddy in their path to find their own version of New York Giants pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul.

Mercilus measured in at nearly 6'4" and 261 pounds as well as having nearly 34"-long arms. Although his measurements are impressive, he has strengths and weaknesses to his game just like any other prospect.

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