Defensive end Whitney Mercilus is taking a pass on his senior season at Illinois to enter the 2012 NFL Draft. Mercilus led the nation with 16 sacks this season. He also broke Illinois and Big Ten records by forcing nine fumbles. His 22.5 tackles for loss in 2011 led the Big Ten and ranked second in the nation. Mercilus is listed at 6-4, 265 pounds. That's the same height as DeMarcus Ware and five pounds more.