The Detroit Lions have done plenty to address their defensive line in recent drafts, and NFL.com's Bucky Brooks thinks they could go in that direction again in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, this time with Illinois' Whitney Mercilus.
The declining play of Kyle Vanden Bosch and free agent status ofcould lead the Lions to make a play for the most productive sack artist in college football last season. Although some have labeled Mercilus as a one-year wonder, his production and athleticism are tough to ignore.
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Mercilus had a breakout year as a junior at Illinois in 2011; he finished the season with 22.5 tackles for loss, and 16 of those were sacks.