Alabama junior defensive tackle and end Marcell Dareus declared for the 2011 NFL Draft; he figures to be one of the top linemen chosen in April's event.
Dareus notched 11.0 total sacks the last two seasons, while not being known for his pass-rushing skills, and is a disruptive force.
- Stout frame (6-foot-4, 306 pounds)
- Good pursuit and motor
- Powerful bull rush, collapses the pocket
- Experience in a 3-4 system, versatile
- Athletic for his size
Disengages blocks well with his hands
Talented with upside
- Lateral agility and balance
- Can be an explosive tackler
- Has overcome off-field adversity
- Not particularly quick-footed despite being rather fast for his size
- One year as a full-time starter
- Suspended two games in 2010 for accepting illegal benefits
Expected draft placement
Dareus has the potential to be special in the NFL. His skill set is best used as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 system, but 3-4 teams will consider him as a five-technique end.
With a high first-round grade, Dareus could draw attention from the Carolina Panthers (No. 1), Denver Broncos (No. 2), Buffalo Bills (No. 3), Cleveland Browns (No. 6), San Francisco 49ers (No. 7), Dallas Cowboys (No. 9) and Washington Redskins (No. 10). The Panthers, Broncos and Bills seem like the most likely landing spots at this time.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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