Speaking in front of assembled reporters Saturday at the Combine, Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus revealed that the Buffalo Bills have “showed interest … a lot of interest” in last year’s NCAA sacks leader, according to Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550.
Mercilus also named the Chargers and Bears as teams with which he’s been in touch.
In addition to tying Simeon Rice’s school record for sacks in 2011, the fourth-year junior Mercilus led Division I college football with nine forced fumbles. He paced the Big Ten in tackles for a loss (22.5) and earned the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end.
Mercilus, though, only received a third-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board before declaring for the draft. With just one big season on his college resume, Mercilus will be viewed as a possible “one-year wonder” by pro evaluators.