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2011 Draft player profiles…Marcell Dareus

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In this installment of articles we want to profile many of the players that your team could spend a draft pick on. There are many highly touted college players in this years draft but as we have seen in the past sometimes you can find that diamond in the ruff. Everyone is hoping that their team can pick that ‘can’t miss player’ and if your team is lucky enough to find that player he could change the face of the franchise for years to come. For players coming into the NFL they are looking to make a huge splash with the team that takes them but more important is winning over the fan base and impacting not only the team but also the city.

Marcell Dareus

Height / Weight: 6-3 / 319

Hometown: Huffman, AL

School: Alabama

College Experience: 3

Dareus is the prototype of a run stuffer, true to form he is a huge interior defensive lineman that is quick and can make game changing plays, not only can he play inside but he can also play as a defensive end making him valuable in many defensive schemes. Dareus really became a household name in 2009 with his MVP performance in the BCS national championship game against Texas. He is a two-time winner of the Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the A-Day game award; in three scrimmages Dareus had 21 tackles, 10 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. Picked for All-SEC first team in 2010, he is an opposing force that cannot be single blocked; in 2010 he finished with 34 tackles, 11 for loss and 4.5 sacks.

Dareus is a hot commodity for many looking to draft an solid defensive lineman, chances are he will be used on the interior of the defensive line but the special thing about him is his speed which will make it difficult for many offenses to handle him. In my opinion he will be a certified starter in the NFL with his size and speed he will make an immediate impact at the next level.

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By Sam Adams
Pro Football Fans Staff Writer