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2011 NFL Draft Prospect: Marcell Dareus, Alabama Crimson Tide

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Marcell Dareus, DT/DE, Alabama Crimson Tide

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 306
Year: Jr.
40-Time: (NFL Scouting Combine Time Feb. 23 - Mar. 1 to be added)

Strengths

Among Marcell Dareus' most pronounced strengths are his athleticism and quickness. He has quick feet and quick hands and gets a good jump at the snap, which can make the 6'4, 306-pound lineman very hard to block. He has the athleticism to execute stunts and isn't relegated to bull-rushing on every down, although he has the lower body strength to excel in this area. He gets good pad level and stays low to gain leverage. He knows how to get to the quarterback and came away with six sacks in 2009 and five in 2010.

Dareus has demonstrated that he's able to hold the edge in Alabama's 3-4 defense and is a good defender against the run with good lateral movement. He's a technique kind of tackler who won't just hit the ball carrier hoping that they fall to the ground, which can be one of the most frustrating things to watch among college defenders. He'll wrap up and bring the ball carrier to the ground himself.

Weaknesses

Some have not been impressed with Dareus' effort on every play. He plays with a high motor, but the concern is that he doesn't turn it on for every snap. Experience is also a concern, as Dareus had started just four games before the 2010 season and was suspended for the first two last year. Some NFL teams like to see a larger sample size before using a top ten pick on a player, although this isn't expected to drop Dareus out of the top ten.

 

Other Notes

Dareus would fit well as a 4-3 defensive tackle or a 3-4 defensive end. He was the defensive MVP in the BCS National Championship Game following the 2009 season and returned an interception for a touchdown in the win over Texas that helped deliver the Tide the national title.

He missed the first two games of the 2010 season after being suspended for receiving improper benefits from an agent. This is not expected to have much of an impact on his draft stock, if any at all, and he's still expected to be one of the first defensive linemen off the board on April 28.

Potential NFL Team, Round

He missed the first two games of the 2010 season after being suspended for receiving improper benefits from an agent. This is not expected to have much of an impact on his draft stock, if any at all, and he's still expected to be one of the first defensive linemen off the board on April 28.

Dareus' biggest competition as a 3-4 end / 4-3 tackle prospect in this year's draft is fellow SEC defensive lineman Nick Fairley of Auburn. Da'Quan Bowers from Clemson is a 4-3 end or 3-4 outside linebacker prospect, and while Fairley and Bowers are considered the top defensive linemen in this year's draft, Dareus could go ahead of either if a team decides they like him enough.

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