By Scott Shirley

DT Marcell Dareus.  The Buffalo Bills were either going to draft DE/OLB Von Miller (Texas AM) or DT Marcell Dareus(Alabama).  With the Broncos taking Miller, Dareus was a no brainer for the Bills. I love this pick for the Bills; I think Dareus is the 2nd best player in the draft regardless of position just behind of Patrick Peterson.

Here is a good breakdown of Dareus by

Disruptive is the first word that comes to mind when watching Dareus play. Dareus possesses ideal size and weight for the defensive tackle position and he’s surprisingly nimble for a man his size. His first step isn’t as quick as other prospects but he’s relentless after the snap. Dareus has a knack for making plays when it matters most and playing in Alabama’s 3-4 defense gives him an added bonus of versatility that other prospects don’t have. He is probably best suited to play as a 1-gap DT but his combination of size and strength along with his experience in the 3-4 make him a potential 5-technique defensive end in the NFL. Dareus could potentially be the #1 pick in the draft and if not, he’s a top 5 pick at worst.


The Bills really need help on the defensive line; they gave up the most rushing yards last year in the NFL, and allowed the second-most points in franchise history. The only bright spot on the Bills line last season was DT Kyle Williams.  With the Bills 3-4 defense, Dareus can play either defensive end or tackle, so it gives the Bills great versatility.  This is why I like the pick of Darues he can play DT when Williams is tired, and get pressure off the edge when he is lined up at DE.

Some thought the Bills would have taken a quarterback with this pick, but they seem to believe in QB Ryan Fitzpatrick at least for a couple of years.  They still need a quarterback thought look for them to take one in the second round, and  let him develop for a couple of years.




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