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Published on 03/28/2011 at Mon Mar 28 19:18.
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Might Marcell Dareus be Denver bound? (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

On Monday, NFL Networks’ Jason La Canfora reported that Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is scheduled to meet with the Denver Broncos sometime in the near future.

Dareus, a 6-foot-3, 319-pound defensive lineman, is considered by many the top defensive tackle prospect in this years draft.  With defensive tackle one of the (if not the) biggest needs on Denver’s roster, Dareus could very well be selected second overall by the Broncos.  That is, if he is available.  It would not be surprising if the Carolina Panthers — who own the first overall pick — go defensive in the first round, seeing as the team’s Head Coach, Ron Rivera, is the former defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers.

If that is the scenario on draft day, the Broncos could go with Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who is also scheduled to visit with the team.  Other options include Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, and Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, who have all visited with Denver.

Although the team is expected draft a defensive player second overall, the Broncos are keeping their options open.

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  • ReverendofRock

    Although I like Peterson, Dareus seems to be the obvious pick for us.

  • anthony33

    Truth is there are three or four guys the Bronx can take and do themselves good. Dareus is clearly one of them!!!

  • NMBronc

    Have to agree with this. With Dareus inside, Doom and Ayers can blow up from the outside.

  • The Mascot Army

    What, no taking a QB talk? (sarcasm)

    It is amazing that there are writers who still think the Broncos could take a QB at 2. That would be dumb even if Luck were in this draft.

  • TheTroglodyte

    I think it would be pretty damn beastly with we got Dareus in the 1st and Paea in the 2nd. We would have one of the best front lines for the next 8 years and our secondary and run support would be immediately elevated.

  • areferee

    The East Coast has ESPN, we've got JONN. (Jon's Orange Network News)
    Our Network for all things Broncos. Way to keep it up, Jon!

  • TheTroglodyte

    haha awesome!

  • 12508

    I think Trog has made the best comment on this site in a long time. I think we would have to move up to get Paea. Doubt he would still be on the board when we get to our 2nd pick. I love Peterson tho and he is going to be hard to pass up. Im thinking if we go with the 4-3 we need a really good d-line. Two defensive tackles would work for me.

  • areferee

    I take “Paella” in a second, as well… especially with shrimp and a nice chardonnay.

  • WhidbeyBronco

    agreed! I'm on the Peterson bandwagon but sitting down and speaking with each of these potential stars would make ALL the difference if it were me making the choice!

  • anthony33

    I like Peterson, along with Dareus and Miller. It seems to me that you need to find out who is in it just to get the big pay check versus those that want the big pay check AND be a great player.

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  • 5280

    12508 that might not be bad idea though, especially because pea isnt the best DL at the point in the draft(not saying he isnt a damn good DL, just saying he wouldnt be the best at that point). i think it would behoove denver to move back down into the 1st with a second rounder and take an extra DL like aldin smith, pea, phil taylor, or ryan kerrigan to pick up some good depth at that postition and as trog said, that would immediately elevate the D and create opportumities for ayers and Doom on the outside as well as put the secondary in a good position to make some plays. The D would be solid for the next decade. plus theres still good safety and corner prospects in the second and third rounds.

  • ColoradoCrimson

    Man I hope the Broncos take Dareus!!!…I'm a Tide fan and have watched him his whole career…..he is an unstoppable force and will dominate in the NFL!!

  • ColoradoCrimson

    Man I hope the Broncos take Dareus!!!…I'm a Tide fan and have watched him his whole career…..he is an unstoppable force and will dominate in the NFL!!