Draft Scout Snapshot: As expected, general manager Rick Smith was able to bolster depth at receiver and in the offensive line, the two most desperate areas on the team. He drafted two receivers and three linemen, and he didn't start to fill those needs until the third round. Smith also drafted a kicker for the first time in franchise history. BEST PICK: Outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips envisions Mercilus coming off the bench in passing situations. He would be paired with starting outside linebackers Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed, defensive tackles J.J. Watt and Antonio Smith and inside linebacker Brian Cushing. Mercilus probably will play weak-side end in the nickel so they can take advantage of his speed coming off the edge. - The Sports Xchange
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12/24/12 - OLB Whitney Mercilus will return to the lineup for the last game against Indianapolis. The rookie started three consecutive games while veteran Brooks Reed recovered from a torn groin muscle. Reed returned against Minnesota and recorded four tackles. He tackled Adrian Peterson for losses on two plays. Mercilus, the first-round pick, had only one tackle in place of Reed against the Vikings. When he started, Mercilus played the run well. He's tied for second on the team with six sacks.
12/17/12 - OLB Whitney Mercilus, the first-round draft choice who's been starting in place of injured Brooks Reed, didn't record his seventh sack in the victory over the Colts. Coach Gary Kubiak said Mercilus played his best game, though. Mercilus had only one tackle and one hit on the quarterback, but he didn't lose containment and allow runs to his outside.
12/13/12 - OLB Whitney Mercilus starts opposite Connor Barwin. Mercilus has six sacks, which ties Brooks Reed's franchise rookie record. With three games remaining, he should shatter it. But the coaches say Mercilus played the run a lot better against New England than he did Tennessee. He lost containment a few times against the Titans when he was trying to get the quarterback.
They said he was much more patient against New England.
12/06/12 - OLB Whitney Mercilus has replaced the injured Brooks Reed in the lineup. In his first start, Mercilus had two sacks -- the same number as the other outside linebacker, Connor Barwin, has all season. Mercilus has five sacks, one shy of Reed's rookie record last season.
12/02/12 - OLB Whitney Mercilus, the first-round draft choice, started for the first time. He replaced the injured Brooks Reed and registered two sacks and recovered a fumble. He has five sacks, tying him with Antonio Smith for second on the defense. Mercilus is one sack short of Reed's team rookie record of six set last season.