Houston Texans take Illini Whitney Mercilus, DE slips to #26

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He came out of nowhere to win the Ted Hendricks Award as the best Defensive End in all of college football. He rose from obscurity to become an All-American at Illinois. Now Whitney Mercilus is a member of the Houston Texans, joining fellow Big Ten alum J.J. Watt of the Wisconsin Badgers as the men who will fill the pass-rushing void left by the departed 2006 #1 overall draft selection Mario Williams.

Mercilus story is an uplifting one. Watch this moving GIF of the celebration at his house when he got the call.

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What should the Detroit Lions do with their first two draft picks?

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Why do I have the Detroit Lions going O Line in both of the first two rounds of the NFL Draft? Am I nuts? Well, probably, but not because of my mock draft. The picks I made are for different positions among the big guys up front. And there’s versatility with what I can do here in their starting lineup by plugging in those guys.

Most importantly, their RBs have not been healthy, and they got to do a better job keeping Matt Stafford up right.

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