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Dareus gaining momentum

Posted by Chris Brown on March 3, 2011 – 2:42 pm

Coming out of the NFL combine, Alabama DL Marcell Dareus is gaining more and more momentum as a top five pick in mock drafts. Here’s another example from

In their most recent mock they’ve got the Bills taking Dareus third overall, which I believe to be a very real possibility. I also think FOXSports Peter Schrager nails the assessment as to why Dareus would be a quality fit for the Bills.

Though several draftniks have linked the Bills to Newton because of Chan Gailey’s history and fondness with athletic, mobile quarterbacks, I still think Ryan Fitzpatrick is the quarterback for both the present and the future in Buffalo. He might not be a household name or a first-round fantasy pick, but the Harvard grad had about as strong a season as a quarterback for a four-win team could possibly have had, carrying an offense littered with rookies and unknown veterans on his back for much of 2010. The Bills need help all over their defensive line as Buffalo gave up 169 rushing yards per game last season, worst in the league by a large margin. With a draft crop as bountiful as ever before at the defensive end and tackle positions, I like the Bills to scoop up Dareus, the do-it-all defensive end.

Everyone’s talking about Nick Fairley after his dominant performance in the BCS national championship game, but I actually like his in-state rival as a better fit for Buffalo. With Kyle Williams set at defensive tackle in the 3-4, Dareus could be a pretty nasty addition to the three-man front at defensive end. He’s got great pass-rushing skills — go check the 2009 season’s BCS title game — and can stop the run. With Marcus Stroud being released last week, the Bills’ defensive ends are Dwan Edwards, Spencer Johnson and Alex Carrington — not exactly the Purple People Eaters. There’s nothing flashy about Dareus; he’s just darn good. Buffalo fans will respect and admire what he brings to the table: production.

For what it’s worth the mock had Bowers to Carolina at 1 followed by Peterson to Denver at 2. He’s got Cam Newton going fourth overall to Cincinnati.

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