2011 NFL Draft Grades: 5 Defensive Picks with Best Chance to Star This Fall
Marcell Dareus Looks Like The Real Thing
Looking down the list of first-round draft picks, there are a lot of defensive picks. While the quality of the quarterback talent will be debated, there is no debate this draft was loaded with great talent on defense.
There are five guys, though, who stand out and seem like locks to have an impact their rookie season.
The number one guy is the first guy off the board to Denver, Marcell Dareus. Dareus has the size, speed and dedication you want to see out of a first-round pick. Dareus is going to be terrorizing quarterbacks and running backs for the next decade at least.
Right behind him is Von Miller, who will re-energize the Arizona Cardinals' defense. Miller is the kind of player who senses where the ball is and will be involved in a lot of plays this year.
Patrick Peterson is an immediate game-changer, and opposing quarterbacks are going to learn to respect his skills very early in the season.
J.J. Watt is the defensive end who stands out to me as the pass rusher who will be making the most highlight reels in the coming year. He has a nose for the quarterback and will be hard to defend.
Finally, I see Cory Liuget as having the kind of impact for the St. Louis Rams as Ndamukong Suh has had for the Detroit Lions. Liuget is the real thing and the Rams will be very happy he fell into their lap.
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