2012 NFL Draft Results: Whitney Mercilus To Texans Among Best Fits In First Round

Since the main focus for the Houston Texans in the 2012 NFL Draft was replacing Mario Williams, it's only fitting that landing a pass rusher late in the first round was exactly what the team was hoping for.

ESPN.com's Jeff Chadiha sees this marriage working and compared the 6-foot-3, 260 pound Whitney Mercilus to Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers. Smith is also a former college defensive end who made the transition to playing the 3-4 pass rushing scheme last season.

This from Chadiha:

Mercilus may have been a one-dimensional defensive end at Illinois, but that one dimension -- pass-rushing -- is exactly what the Texans needed. They already have a coach (defensive coordinator Wade Phillips) who knows how to turn undersized college defensive ends into dominant pass-rushing outside linebackers.

Mercilus also has exactly the kind of résumé that should make Phillips' job much easier. Mercilus made his name in college by leading the country in sacks (16) and forced fumbles (nine) as a junior last fall. He wasn't much of a threat against the run, but the Texans won't be as concerned about that early in his career.

Read more about the Texans at the Battle Red Blog.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Houston

You must be a member of SB Nation Houston to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Houston. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Houston

You must be a member of SB Nation Houston to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Houston. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.