Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive lineman Whitney Mercilus does the shuttle run during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
The Bears sent head coach Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to the University of Illinois to work out Whitney Mercilus. That's not exactly new news - that happened on March 12.
What is semi-news, however, is what Mercilus had to say on Friday about their visit.
"The persona I got from Lovie was a guy who was all about business, but he's really chilled and laid back," Mercilus told ESPNChicago.com on Friday. "He seems to be a players' coach, really cool and easy to talk to. But I also get the persona that he's a guy who is passionate about this game. He definitely has kept a close eye on everything that has happened in the draft and is (focused) on who to draft and who fits in their system. A guy who loves to handle business also, and wants to win. ...
"That would be awesome (to play on the Bears veteran defense)," Mercilus said. "That's a seasoned defense with elite guys, veterans. Definitely there would be high expectations for me to come into that program. I would love to try and live up to those expectations and prove myself to them."
I've already made clear how I feel about Mercilus at the nineteenth pick, and I can't say my feeling has changed a whole lot. But if he's the pick, would you be satisfied with it? Who are you targeting?