"Krakau showed remarkable development as a rookie. He played in all 14 games, and was the Bills starter at middle linebacker in the first two games of the regular season when injuries sidelined Jim Cheyunski. An intense performer on special teams, Merv has great desire and strength and is expected to bid for a larger role in 1974. He rates as the Bills' 'sleeper' of the 1973 draft.
A defensive tackle for Johnny Majors at Iowa State, Krakau made the All-Big Eight squad and was a third team All-America choice of the Associated Press. He was Iowa State's outstanding defensive player in the Liberty Bowl game and a member of the Senior Bowl squad. Merv was named National Lineman of the Week for his performance against Nebraska in 1972; his defensive effort against the Cornhuskers included two fumble recoveries, two fumbles caused, three pass deflections, two sacks of the quarterback, and 11 unassisted tackles.
Merv was a physical education major at Iowa State and has ambitions to be a coach and teacher after his playing career. Bowling, hunting and fishing are his hobbies."
-Buffalo Bills 1974 Yearbook