Much like former teammate Whitney Mercilus a year before, Illinois defensive end Michael Buchanan enters the 2013 NFL draft with the kind of versatility teams are now seeking in their pass-rushers.
Mercilus, a 2012 first-round pick of the Houston Texans, was an effective hybrid player for Illinois. Buchanan fits the same mold, as a defender who could possibly fit as a 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker, or some combination of the two.
While not having the same physical attributes as Mercilus will keep Buchanan out of the first round, he should hear his name called in the middle rounds of the 2013 NFL draft.
In the following slides, we'll present some of Buchanan's top collegiate highlights from his time at Illinois.