Chargers In Attendance For Illinois Pro Day

By Ernie Padaon

Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive lineman Whitney Mercilus jumps to loosen his legs before the shuttle run during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The San Diego Chargers are in attendance for the Illinois Pro Day today to try and get one more look at pass rushing specialist Whitney Mercilus. Also in attendance were the Jets, Chiefs, Bengals, Giants, Rams and Titans (NFL Draft Update). Other prospects from Illinois are OG Jeff Allen (3rd round) and WR AJ Jenkins (3rd-4th round).

Mercilus is one of the prospects that we could possibly take with the 18th pick in the draft. He has a fierce pass rush and will be displaying it for the scouts. He will probably trying to answer some questions again on why he was a “one-year wonder.”

It sounds like Mercilus impressed the scouts during his workout:

What’s more, Mercilus looked quick and explosive in pass-rush drills and created a buzz among scouts with how well he did in outside linebacker drills. Three scouts remarked about how smooth and fluid Mercilus looked in his drops, and Mercilus even showed good hands. – Chicago Tribune

Will he impress the Chargers enough to make him our first round pick?