2012 NFL Draft - Pick 26: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans

by Cory J. Bonini on April 26, 2012 @ 20:04:53 PDT


Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans

The Houston Texans selected Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus with the 26th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Fantasy analysis: At 6-foot-3, 261 pounds, Mercilus will be asked to move to outside linebacker for the Texans. They need depth at the position after losing Mario Williams in free agency, but this selection is questionable. Mercilus may struggle in space and doesn't have the natural athleticism to play anything more than a situation edge-rushing role.

Houston's D is in good shape to be a solid fantasy unit in 2012. Mercilus shouldn't be viewed as a draftable IDP commodity this year.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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