You're kidding, right? Please say you're kidding. Please explain why you think he's the "best pure pass rusher". I have nothing against Mercilus, he's a nice guy. I just feel he's overrated and better suited for a 34 OLB. I see him more as a Mid-2nd, he has all the tools to be good, but I don't see him ever being a superstar. He has good stats, but he has many flaws: 1. Slow off the snap, despite what many sites say. 2. One year wonder 3. Targeted small OL/TEs to matchup on 4. Average pass rushing moves 5. Doesn't accelerate well 6. Average upper body strength 7. 265, isn't the best for a DE.. so a little small, not bad by any means though. 8. Can be "too" aggressive 9. Uses the wide-nine stance alot, inflated Babin-like numbers. 10. Terrible with his hands vs big OTs (maybe because he's missing 1/2 a finger? lol) 11. Most penalized DE in the NCAA for off-sides (just an assumption) 12. Poor tackling techinique He has good edge assisngment awareness and is solid at chasing plays to the sideline. I think he'd benefit from being a 3-4 defense. He's a nice kid, but sucked two years for Illinois (had limited playing time), had a solid junior season. I wish him well, for he left for cash to support his parents. He's very "raw" like JPP. When not rushing the passer, gets tied up and gets blown by. He's not like a raw JPP, JPP barely played football and is 6'5 280 and a freak athlete. Whitney is 6'4 265 and an average athlete.