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Old 04-21-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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Default Awesome article on the best prospect in the draft: Marcell Dareus refuses to be derailed

FAIRFIELD, Ala. -- The good times at Lester "Sarge" Reasor's home started on a recent early Friday afternoon, just as a brief April shower had passed over this sleepy Birmingham suburb. While his godson, former Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, chatted with friends downstairs, Reasor welcomed more and more guests into his family room. There was the man who helped raise money for Dareus' high school teams. There were mentors and old friends from around the neighborhood. Reasor was enjoying this gathering as much as anybody as he ambled around in an oversized, lime-green polo shirt that hung well past his knees.


When Dareus finally came upstairs, he couldn't help ribbing the diminutive older man. "Sarge," said the 6-foot-3, 319-pound Dareus. "Are you sure you aren't wearing one of my shirts?" When Reasor shrugged and explained that he just threw on the first thing he could find, both men couldn't contain their laughter. They both understood how nice it was to chuckle about such silly moments. There had been too many other times in Dareus' life when sadness and anger had dominated occasions.



For many NFL draft prospects, the weeks leading up to that event generate the kind of anxiety that comes with preparing for a final exam. In Dareus' case, he has embraced every moment of the process, especially when he has been in the company of his support group. "I've been doing things I never thought I would do and talking to people I never thought I would meet," Dareus said. "I've met Hall of Famers. I've met future Hall of Famers. And they all know me. It's been a little overwhelming."



Dareus' excitement stems from one basic fact: He's about to get paid. In a draft filled with top defensive line prospects, Dareus, 21, consistently has been mentioned among the best. His combination of size, power and quickness could make him the first overall pick, and it's unlikely that he'll fall beyond the top five. Talents like him just don't come around that often.


Marcell Dareus refuses to be derailed

Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert described Dareus as "relentless" and "a high, high motor guy who makes a ton of plays for a defensive tackle." An NFC personnel director added that, "Dareus can be a great nose tackle or a great three-technique [defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme]. He's a big man with great get-off, and he's going to disrupt the pocket a lot. He could be very special."



"The biggest thing that I'll bring to the NFL is my passion," Dareus said. "I want to win. I want to be first. When I started playing the game, I never thought about being a top pick, but I eventually made up my mind to be the best I could be. And I haven't slowed down yet."


continue story: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2...fri&id=6388359
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Bad link. It only links to one article, yet your title implies there are two:

One about the best prospect in the draft.
The other about Dareus.
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Where's the Patrick Peterson article?
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Came in looking for Peterson news.

Found article on a one year starter with mediocre production.

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Great quote out of the article:

Dareus' first breakout moment came during his freshman season, in a win over LSU. After starting nose tackle Terrence Cody left the game with an injury, Dareus replaced him and held his own against a strong offensive line. By Dareus' sophomore season, Davis saw so much potential in his blossoming defensive end that he called a friend in the NFL to say Dareus -- who started only four games that season -- was "the kind of talent that comes around once every 20 years."
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Great quote out of the article:

Dareus' first breakout moment came during his freshman season, in a win over LSU. After starting nose tackle Terrence Cody left the game with an injury, Dareus replaced him and held his own against a strong offensive line. By Dareus' sophomore season, Davis saw so much potential in his blossoming defensive end that he called a friend in the NFL to say Dareus -- who started only four games that season -- was "the kind of talent that comes around once every 20 years."
That's pretty impressive that he decided to start "the kind of talent that comes around once every 20 years" only 4 times that year.

Almost as impressive as their run defense being worse from 2009-2010 when Dareus took over full time for Cody.
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That's pretty impressive that he decided to start "the kind of talent that comes around once every 20 years" only 4 times that year.

Almost as impressive as their run defense being worse from 2009-2010 when Dareus took over full time for Cody.
Ya, and now the fools in the NFL are going to take him within the top three picks.

Ain't that a b****? Only therev can spot talent; everyone else has no clue. Especially those darn scouts and GMs, what do they know. Pfft
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Ya, and now the fools in the NFL are going to take him within the top three picks.

Ain't that a b****? Only therev can spot talent; everyone else has no clue. Especially those darn scouts and GMs, what do they know. Pfft
You going to link the Peterson article or what?
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Came in looking for Peterson news.

Found article on a one year starter with mediocre production.


Production? Peterson averaged 2.3 interceptions per year while he was at LSU. You call that production. Greatest CB ever couldn't do more than that?

MEDIOCRE!
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I understand Rev loving Peterson, but his hate for Dareus really doesn't make sense.
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Production? Peterson averaged 2.3 interceptions per year while he was at LSU. You call that production. Greatest CB ever couldn't do more than that?

MEDIOCRE!
Unfortunately you don't know how to adequately guage production for yourself.

Which is why you have foot-in-mouth disease, and just rant what Mayock says consistently.

Ever watch the games? Think for yourself?

You've talked about Peterson and other players being on your board. Can we see your board, please?
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I understand Rev loving Peterson, but his hate for Dareus really doesn't make sense.
I don't hate Dareus at all. I have concerns about him, but I'll be thrilled if we draft him. Not AS thrilled as Peterson or a trade down.
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I don't hate Dareus at all. I have concerns about him, but I'll be thrilled if we draft him. Not AS thrilled as Peterson or a trade down.
I'm in the same boat. I really just can't wait. ONE MORE WEEK.
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Ya, and now the fools in the NFL are going to take him within the top three picks.

Ain't that a b****? Only therev can spot talent; everyone else has no clue. Especially those darn scouts and GMs, what do they know. Pfft
It was a legit question. How do you start "the best talent in 20 years" in only four games?
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My comprehensive thoughts on Marcell Dareus:

Great PROSPECT:
Fantastic blend of size, speed and strength.
Great measurables.
Very explosive player.
Schematically diverse and ideal skill set.

On field concerns:
Declared as a junior with one year of starting experience at a slowly developing position
Lack of production (semi excused for playing a 3-4)
Only played a 3-4
Was suspended for first 2 games last year. Team didn't bother to appeal ruling.
Defense performed worse with him in the starting line up.


I think that's a pretty fair and legitimate break down.
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It was a legit question. How do you start "the best talent in 20 years" in only four games?
And why is he considered the best prospect in the draft?

He must be an illusionist. He has EVERYBODY fooled. How did he do it?

Tell me Beantown, how did Marcell do it?
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Production? Peterson averaged 2.3 interceptions per year while he was at LSU. You call that production. Greatest CB ever couldn't do more than that?

MEDIOCRE!
Maybe it has something to do with most teams having a game plan that included avoiding Peterson like herpes.
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And why is he considered the best prospect in the draft?
...because he's not?

Only one public "expert" has him at the top his board.
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And why is he considered the best prospect in the draft?

He must be an illusionist. He has EVERYBODY fooled. How did he do it?

Tell me Beantown, how did Marcell do it?
As Rev said, he is NOT the consensus best prospect in the draft. His rise up some boards does seem to be less related to what he himself actually did in college and related more to people tearing down the folks around him. I'm always suspicious of that kind of draft board movement.

We answered your question. Now answer ours please.
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Maybe it has something to do with most teams having a game plan that included avoiding Peterson like herpes.
And teams didn't game plan for and double/triple team Marcell? Get outta here.
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...because he's not?

Only one public "expert" has him at the top his board.
I'll give you this quote again. Its from the defensive line coach at Texas. If he doesn't know defensive line talent, who does then?

Davis saw so much potential in his blossoming defensive end that he called a friend in the NFL to say Dareus -- who started only four games that season -- was "the kind of talent that comes around once every 20 years."

Best prospect in the draft. How awesome is that?
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I'll give you this quote again. Its from the defensive line coach at Texas. If he doesn't know defensive line talent, who does then?

Davis saw so much potential in his blossoming defensive end that he called a friend in the NFL to say Dareus -- who started only four games that season -- was "the kind of talent that comes around once every 20 years."

Best prospect in the draft. How awesome is that?
Very logical sentence bro.
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I'll give you this quote again. Its from the defensive line coach at Texas. If he doesn't know defensive line talent, who does then?

Davis saw so much potential in his blossoming defensive end that he called a friend in the NFL to say Dareus -- who started only four games that season -- was "the kind of talent that comes around once every 20 years."

Best prospect in the draft. How awesome is that?
You can find someone that says that about a lot of guys. In this case, it is a very dumb response. He isn't half the prospect as a guy that came out just last season. I wish we would have had this pick a year earlier.
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You can find someone that says that about a lot of guys. In this case, it is a very dumb response. He isn't half the prospect as a guy that came out just last season. I wish we would have had this pick a year earlier.
Half the prospect? Half?

Marcell is five times the player Suh was during his first three years at Nebraska. Suh sucked until recently. Seriously, look up his time at Nebraska and tell me what he did in his third year there. He must have taken the clear his last two seasons. Unnatural spike in production.

Yea, i said it.
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