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Marcell Dareus (No. 9 pick overall, Dallas Cowboys)
Dareus will be the first of three Tide players taken in the first round, more than any other school.
Just a junior, the 6’3”, 310-pound Dareus often dominated at the college level, using his awesome strength to dominate offensive tackles and guards. He’s a high-character guy with a terrific motor and allows the Cowboys the flexibility to use him as a prototypical end in the 3-4, as well as give him the occasional rep on the inside as a gap tackle.
Julio Jones (No. 14 pick overall, St. Louis Rams)
Arguably the most pro-ready receiver in the draft, Jones has everything you want from the position at the next level. Mixing great size, strength and quickness, Jones excelled in Alabama’s pro style and spread schemes, and has shown the ability to consistently beat his man off the ball, even when jammed at the line.
The Rams will covet A.J. Green’s big-play ability more, but with the Georgia Bulldog off the board, Steve Spagnuolo and his staff land the better long-term selection in Jones. He’ll instantly provide Sam Bradford with the explosive target the Rams offense so glaringly lacked in 2010.
Mark Ingram (No. 15 pick overall, Miami Dolphins)
The third and final Alabama player off the board in the first round is Ingram, who’s size and power Tony Sparano will love incorporating into his run-first mentality in Miami.
At 5’10”, 215 pounds, Ingram runs extremely well behind his pads and mixes power to complement his surprising ability to gain the edge and make defenders miss in space. And he’s shown terrific versatility in college that may translate to the next level, often taking snaps out of the Wildcat or lining up at wide receiver in Alabama’s offense.