Posted Wed Apr 27th by Jon Heath
The 2011 NFL Draft will be held tomorrow and unless they trade down, the Denver Broncos will be selecting second overall. We have been counting down our top seven prospects for the Broncos to select with their first pick
Number one: Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. A 6-3 foot, 319 pound defensive lineman, Dareus is considered by many scouts the top defensive tackle prospect in this year’s draft.
As a junior in 2010, Dareus recorded 40 tackles and 4.5 sacks while leading Alabama’s defensive to the BCS National Championship. Considered one of the most NFL-ready defensive tackle prospects, Dareus could go as early as first overall.
A young prospect (21), Dareus ran a 4.93 timed forty-yard dash, jumped 27 inches vertically and did 24 bench press repetitions at the NFL’s annual scouting combine earlier this year. He is projected to be a top-five pick on Thursday.
My opinion: Three words can be used to profile Marcell Dareus: Athletic, Explosive and Disruptive. A solid player all-around, Dareus excels against the run and as a pass rusher. Personally, I believe Dareus is one of the surest players in the draft and Denver cannot afford to put off addressing the defensive line any longer.
Likelihood of him being selected second overall: Very high. The Broncos had the second worst run defense in the NFL in 2010 and must address that early in the draft. As former Broncos safety John Lynch has stated: “You can have a hand full of Hall of Fame defensive backs, but if you’re not generating a push up front, you’re not going anywhere.”
Broncos Head Coach John Fox wants this team to start going somewhere, and putting together a better defensive front is the first step in the right direction. Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus or Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley could help the Broncos take that step.