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Texans defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, likes Mercilus and said, “He’s a smart player, he’s athletic, he’s tough.”  “You want those high-motor guys, but you want them to have that kind of ability.”

Mercilus is 6-foot-3, 261-pounds and is an early-entry junior who only started for one season in college, but he led the nation in sacks and forced fumbles. He earned All-Big Ten honors and won the 2011 Ted Hendricks award.

Phillips also believes that Mercilus would’ve been a top ten draft pick if he would’ve stayed in school.

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