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Marcell Dareus (DT)
  • Height:
  • Weight:
    319 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 3/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 1/8 in.
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Selected by: Buffalo Bills
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 3 (3)

Pick Analysis: The Bills needed an interior anchor for their defense, and Dareus is the ideal fit as a zero- or five-technique in a "30" scheme. His combination of size, strength and power will immediately upgrade their rush defense, while also giving them a forceful interior rusher to collapse the pocket on passing downs.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.93 sec
  • Bench Press24.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump27.0 inch
  • Broad Jump- -
  • 3 Cone Drill7.83 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.62 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -


Dareus is one of this class' finest prospects. Possesses the athleticism and explosiveness to be consistently disruptive against the run and pass. Hands that don't stop, sheds blockers quickly, and frequently uses the swim move to get to the quarterback. Also has great power to push the pocket and stand his ground adequately when run at. Blessed with great feet and outstanding lateral quickness. Comfortable playing in space and likely capable of dropping into coverage. Only question is his endurance and stamina. Played in a rotation early and dealt with injuries as a junior. Dareus will likely be a top-five pick, maybe even go No. 1 overall.


Dareus has a rare blend of size and speed. Can hold his ground at the point of attack. Gets off blocks in a hurry and shows excellent pursuit from the backside. Explodes off the ball when rushing the passer. Gets to the quarterback with power, quick moves and closing burst. Good intangibles.


Hard to find flaws in this guy's game. Some have him pegged as a 3-4 defensive end but we don't feel he's at his best as a two-gap defensive lineman. Played in a defensive line rotation for much of his college career and is still developing in-game stamina.




Video Playlist

  1. First 24: Dareus gets drafted

    Published: April 29, 2011 at 05:33 p.m.

    Go behind the scenes with Marcell Dareus as he realizes his dream of making it to the NFL.

  2. Bills take Marcell Dareus No. 3

    Published: April 28, 2011 at 08:33 p.m.

    The Buffalo Bills select Alabama DT Marcell Dareus with the third overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

  3. Dareus' dream approaches

    Published: April 24, 2011 at 05:54 p.m.

    Go all-access with Alabama DT Marcell Dareus as he gets ready to make his first trip to the Big Apple and realize his lifelong dream of being drafted.

  4. 2011 Draft Profile - DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama

    Published: April 7, 2011 at 03:40 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.

  5. First Draft: Marcell Dareus

    Published: March 21, 2011 at 07:09 p.m.

    Get to know the dominant but fun-loving defensive tackle from Alabama, Marcell Dareus.

  6. Marcell Dareus in studio

    Published: March 17, 2011 at 07:52 p.m.

    Alabama DT Marcell Dareus stops by the "Total Access" set to discuss all things draft.

  7. 2011 combine workout: Marcell Dareus

    Published: March 10, 2011 at 01:42 p.m.

    Watch Alabama DL Marcell Dareus perform at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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