Marcell Dareus scouting report

Marcell Dareus DT Alabama

Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 309

Built like a bowling ball and uses leverage to his advantage to bull rush his way into the backfield. Flashes the ability to be dominant, such as in the National Championship Game vs Texas. Strong lower body allows him to hold his ground against the run. Experienced at defensive end in Alabama’s 3-4 system, a position that he is likely to play in the pros. Could also play defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.
Wasn’t a full-time starter in 2010. Excelled in a reserve role in 2009, but was noticeably less effective once he was asked to take on a larger role. Suspended for two games in 2010 for accepting benefits from an agent. Doesn’t have a great build; would probably improve his quickness and agility if he lost some weight.
Dareus generated a lot of hype entering the 2010 season as people expected him to build upon his MVP performance in the National Championship Game. Unfortunately that next step never came as opponents were able to focus on him and take him out of most games. He definitely has the potential of an NFL star, but there are enough concerns with his lack of production and experience in a starting role that he could fall further than expected on draft day. His weight is another issue that teams will have questions about. He isn’t built like your typical 3-4 defensive end, where many teams will likely project him to play. In fact, he’s probably only 5-10 pounds away from being a better fit at nose tackle.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 Comments Off

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