2011 NFL Draft: Why the Denver Broncos Should Take Marcell Dareus 2nd Overall

Taylor StarrContributor IIMarch 3, 2011

2011 NFL Draft: Why the Denver Broncos Should Take Marcell Dareus 2nd Overall

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    On the clock: Denver Broncos.

    The Broncos have many needs. Most notably on the defensive side of the ball. They have been linked to many players over the past few weeks including: DaQuan Bowers, Patrick Peterson, Nick Fairley, Von Miller, Marcell Dareus, etc.

    The Broncos, no question about it, need help on the defensive line. I like Dareus, and I think he is going to be an outstanding DT in the NFL.

    Here's why.

Reason No. 1: Carolina Could Very Possibly Take Nick Fairley 1st Overall

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    The Panthers could very well take Nick Fairley with the first overall pick.

    With Dareus rising up the draft boards, why shouldn't we grab him second? We could definitely use a DT that can be effective, and Dareus is just that.

    Now would be a great time to add a future DT. And with the Broncos moving back to the 4-3, Marcell would be an excellent fit.

Reason No. 2: Great Scouting Report

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    • Stout frame (6-foot-4, 306 pounds)
    • Good pursuit and motor
    • Powerful bull rush, collapses the pocket
    • Experience in a 3-4 system, versatile
    • Athletic for his size
    • Disengages blocks well with his hands
    • Lateral agility and balance
    • Can be an explosive tackler
    • Awareness
    • Has overcome off-field adversity
    • Upside


    • Not particularly quick-footed despite being rather fast for his size
    • One year as a full-time starter
    • Suspended two games in 2010 for accepting illegal benefits

Reason No. 3: With Great Size and Weight, He Should Be a Force at DT

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    Dareus is listed at 6-4, 319 pounds. Let's look at some of the Broncos defensive lineman from 2010:

    Jamal Williams: 6-3, 348 pounds.

    Ronald Fields: 6-2, 314 pounds.

    Kevin Vickerson:  6-5, 321 pounds

    Marcus Thomas: 6-3, 316 pounds.

    Justin Bannan: 6-3, 310 pounds.

    If he's indeed drafted by the Broncos, he would be the second tallest guy on the roster (first is Vickerson, and he was pretty solid last season).

Reason No. 4: Played in a Pro-Style Environment at Alabama

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    Dareus played in a pro-style environment at Alabama designed by coach Nick Saban, so scouts see him as a safe pick for a team looking for a productive interior lineman.

Reason No. 5: Good Running Backs in the AFC West

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    The Broncos have needed a defensive tackle for many years. It's the anchor of the defense. Their run defense is tremendously awful, and with having Jamal Charles, Thomas Jones, Darren McFadden and possibly Ryan Matthews being a threat in the division, why not?

Reason No. 6: Champ Bailey Re-Signed, so No Need to Take Patrick Peterson

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    The Broncos were rumored to be interested in drafting Patrick Peterson. But that was before they re-signed Champ Bailey to a 4-year deal. We would need a starting corner, and Peterson would fill that.

    We don't need it anymore. Time to focus on defensive tackle/end.

Reason No. 7: Von Miller Could Be a Question Mark in the 4-3

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    I like Von Miller, I think he would definitely help out a 3-4 defense, but at a 4-3, he could play weakside linebacker (position Wesley Woodyard plays), but he could be a question mark there.

    Yes, Elvis Dumervil will be back, but as a 4-3 DE. I think he'll be fine going back to the DE spot as he's had NFL success there in the past.

    I would prefer to go safe pick and go with Dareus.