We are now 11 weeks into the 2011 NFL season, and most of the top rookies in the 2011 draft have had a tremendous impact. Cam Newton has been setting rookie passing records in Carolina. Von Miller has 10.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. Patrick Peterson has an NFL record 4 punt return TD's and 2 INT's. AJ Green has 745 yards receiving and 6TD's from a rookie QB.
And then there is Marcell Dareus. He has 3.5 sacks so far this year, but 2.5 of them came against excremental Washington QB John Beck. He also has 29 tackles. These are not bad stats, but they do not compare well with the other players taken so high in the draft. Which begs the question...
On a scale of 1-10, how happy are you with Marcell Dareus?
Personally I think stats do not tell the whole story with Marcell. With Kyle Williams gone, Dareus gets double teamed an awful lot. That suppresses his personal stats, but makes the defense around him that much better. He also seems to be a real leader in the locker room, to the point where he is giving motivational speeches to more veteran players. I give him a 9, simply because he has yet to really take over in a meaningful game for us. What mark do you give?