Inside The Bills

Lombardi prefers Dareus

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2011 – 10:50 am

NFL Network draft analyst Michael Lombardi was asked about making a decision between taking Nick Fairley or Marcell Dareus, a decision the Bills could be faced with at third overall in April.

Lombardi prefers Dareus due in large part to his proven production over the past three years versus the one year of production by Fairley.

“I would probably go Marcell right now because I think Nick, even though he had a great first year, there’s a lot of gaps in his college
career,” Lombardi said at the NFL combine. “He had the one year and then didn’t play as well and then went JC. So there’s a lot of gaps that you have to clean up.

“That’s what this is all about. Bill Walsh had a great saying. Don’t take the one-year player and look forward. Take the one-year player and look back. I’ve always followed that rule when a guy has one great year. Why didn’t he have it the other times? I think that’s proved to be correct.”

Rest assured that the Bills and the other teams at the top of the draft will be looking deep into Fairley’s past to get those answers this week. Dareus right now however, is the safer pick with his longer track record of success.

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