April 24, 2014

Draft Profile: Marcell Dareus

Leading up to the draft, Who Dey Live will be profiling a number of players who could be targets for the Bengals based on their position or their expected draft spot.

 

Here are my own thoughts on Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.

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Position:  Defensive Tackle

Size:  6’3″ – 319 pounds

What I like: Dareus is a huge body and could really plug the middle for the Bengals. Plus, he’s rather fast for his size, running the forty-yard dash in under five seconds. He drew a lot of double teams in college and could do the same in the pros, leaving Carlos Dunlap or perhaps even Geno Atkins, one-on-one at other positions. He might also be able to play end in some situations, getting him on the field faster.

What I don’t like: Defensive line is pretty well-stocked for the Bengals and it would be hard to draft a backup there when there are starters needed at other positions. In addition, Dareus didn’t exactly dominate his competition last season, probably partially because he was drawing double-teams on a consistent basis. Auburn’s Nick Fairley may be more explosive, while Dareus is more consistent.

Final thoughts: It seems a little silly, but I think the Bengals soured on the Alabama program after the Andre Smith debacle. Still, I’d happily take Dareus if he’s the best available when Cincinnati picks. He would add even more firepower to what might be the team’s greatest strength. Plus, a run-stuffer in the AFC North is never a wasted pick.