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Texans sign first-round pick Whitney Mercilus

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The Houston Texans have their first-round draft pick in the fold.

Whitney Mercilus, an outside linebacker from Illinois who led the NCAA with 16 sacks last season, has reached an agreement with the team on his rookie contract, the Texans announced.

Needing to bolster the pass rush after losing Mario Williams to the Bills in free agency, the Texans grabbed Mercilus with the 26th overall pick. Although he’s making a switch from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker, the Texans are hoping he can step right in and start immediately.

Houston has now signed six of its eight draft picks. Two third-round picks, wide receiver DeVier Posey and guard Brandon Brooks, remain unsigned.

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8 Responses to “Texans sign first-round pick Whitney Mercilus”
  1. jwocky1 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:50 PM

    Brooks has the weight issue…but why is Posey unsigned?

  2. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jun 13, 2012 10:00 PM

    This guy has the potential to be a monster. I’m glad this articles been up for two hours and no one’s commented. I PROMISE you that you’ll hear this guys name multiple times this year. DROY will be his for the taking.

  3. doopdoop10 says: Jun 13, 2012 11:00 PM

    Let’s go texans! We can only get better

  4. philrat says: Jun 13, 2012 11:05 PM

    Actually he’s not expected to step in and start. The guys who started at the end of last year will start, Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed. Mercilus will come in off the bench and keep everyone fresh.

  5. thekingdave says: Jun 13, 2012 11:51 PM


    Who cares that no ones commented?

  6. texansfan81 says: Jun 14, 2012 1:16 AM

    What was the contract worth?

  7. 2ndaryinsanity says: Jun 14, 2012 1:19 AM

    Yipee! Maybe he can play at wide receiver as well….considering we have TWO receivers on the roster who’ve ever played in the NFL (Andre Johnson who can’t stay healthy and Kevin Walters who is only slightly above average).
    Hey, maybe this guy can play on the offensive line (since we lost 1/3 of it in the offseason).
    Yep, things are just grand. Way to follow up the franchise’s first playoff appearance in history with such an amazing offseason Mr General Manager.

  8. billhicks666 says: Jun 14, 2012 1:22 PM

    2ndaryinsanity says:

    “Way to follow up the franchise‚Äôs first playoff appearance in history with such an amazing offseason Mr General Manager.”

    Geez, get over it already!

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