Outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus, who the Texans selected with the 26th overall pick in the NFL Draft, didn’t have too many options when it was time to choose a jersey number. He’ll not only have a big role and big shoes to fill, but a big jersey as well.

Jersey No. 59 became available when the Texans traded inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans to the Philadephia Eagles; and it also became the only available number in the 50s, which are usually designated for linebackers. Mercilus will be wearing No. 59 when the Texans hit the field this season.

Other Texans wear 50-something:

50 – OLB Bryan Braman
51 – ILB Darryl Sharpton
52 – ILB Tim Dobbins
53 – ILB Bradie James
54 – ILB Mister Alexander
55 – C Chris Myers
56 – ILB Brian Cushing
57 – OLB Jesse Nading
58 – OLB Brooks Reed


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