Marcell Dareus, DL
- Height: 6-foot-4
- Weight: 306 pounds
- School: Alabama
With uncanny agility for his size, Dareus is highly likely to be among the first players taken in this year's draft and has a chance to end up as the No. 1 overall pick. The Birmingham, Ala., native caught the attention of NFL teams with a defensive MVP performance in the 2010 BCS championship game. In Alabama's 37-21 victory over Texas, he sent Longhorns star quarterback Colt McCoy out of the game early in the first quarter and returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown just before halftime. Dareus followed that up by earning third-team All-America and consensus all-SEC honors in as a junior in 2010. He had 34 tackles but ranked 11th in his conference with 11 for loss. Dareus also totaled 4 1/2 sacks and a team-best 10 quarterback hurries. As a sophomore, he ranked eighth in the SEC with 6 1/2 sacks. Dareus' production during that season was better that of his All-American teammate Terrence Cody, whom Baltimore selected in the second round of last year's draft. If there are any concerns, it might be his two-game suspension to start his junior season for accepting nearly $2,000 in improper benefits during two trips to Miami.
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