This morning, we take a closer look at the Buffalo Bills' first-round selection, Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus, by examining the top scouting reports compiled during the draft process.
Baker's Dozen Bills Scheme Fit: Marcell Dareus
"Unlike Fairley, Dareus is a schematic fit for any defense that Buffalo runs, not just one-gap schemes. Adding Dareus to Kyle Williams and Torell Troup would give Buffalo tremendous talent on the interior of the defense. Dareus is a very stout defender, which would allow Buffalo to use multiple schemes out of similar sets and personnel packages."
Marcell Dareus NFL Draft scouting report - Mocking The Draft
MTD's third-ranked prospect, Dan Kadar called him "polished, athletic, and strong".
Marcell Dareus, Alabama, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
Getting another turn as the number three prospect, Dareus is called "the best of the defensive line prospects".
Marcell Dareus, Alabama, NFL Draft - DraftCountdown.com
Draft Countdown's third overall prospect, he was also their top DT.
National Football League: NFL Draft 2011 - Marcell Dareus
"The Bills needed an interior anchor for their defense, and Dareus is the ideal fit as a zero- or five-technique in a "30" scheme. His combination of size, strength and power will immediately upgrade their rush defense, while also giving them a forceful interior rusher to collapse the pocket on passing downs."
2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama :: KFFL.com
"Dareus has the potential to be special in the NFL. His skill set is best used as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 system, but 3-4 teams will consider him as a five-technique end."
Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama Scouting Report - 2011 NFL Draft Prospect - fftoolbox
Dareus is the number two prospect. "Dareus' combination of size, speed, and power make him an intriguing prospect."
Scouting Report - Marcell Dareus DE Alabama - Draft Board Insider
"He is an immediate starter for whichever team drafts him, and especially in passing situations will be impossible to block one on one and should be finding his way to the quarterback early and often."
Sideline Scouting - Marcell Dareus Scouting Report
Scouting report for 2011 NFL draft prospect, DT Marcell Dareus of Alabama
WalterFootball.com: 2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Marcell Dareus
His limited starting experience seems to be the most glaring weakness to Walter Football.
Draft Breakdown — Scouting Report: Marcell Dareus
"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."
Marcell Dareus Scouting Report - NFL Draft Geek
"Marcel Dareus is a very dynamic defensive lineman, and continues on the new breed of NFL Defensive Lineman who are over 300 pounds but with fantastic athleticism."
Baker's Dozen Physical Scouting Report: Marcell Dareus
"Coming out of Nick Saban's pro-style 3-4 defense at Alabama, Dareus is one of the most polished prospects in this draft class - and as such, he's got a chance to be the No. 1 overall pick come April 28."
Baker's Dozen Character Scouting Report: Marcell Dareus
"Rarely is Dareus' past brought up - mostly because Dareus is widely regarded as a high-character guy. But his backstory is a rather remarkable one, and shows just how much he's had to overcome to get to this point in his life."
Baker's Dozen College Blogger Perspective: Marcell Dareus
Examining Dareus'' college career with help from the guys at Roll Bama Roll.
Marcell Dareus And The Bills: Dan Kadar's Take
With a little help from Dan Kadar at Mocking the Draft, a look at how Dareus might fit with the Bills.