THE ROAD TO THE DRAFT
Marcell Dareus, DE, Alabama
6-foot-3 1-2, 319 pounds.
Draft projection: Top five.
Lowdown: Dareus leaves college a year early after two good years for the Crimson Tide. In 2009, he knocked out Texas QB Colt McCoy from the national championship game with a big hit and was defensive MVP of the game. He started four of 14 games in ’09, had 6.5 sacks and 33 tackles. In 2010 he sat out the first two games due to an NCAA suspension tied to improper contact with an agent. Then he played the first part of the season with an ankle injury. He finished with 4.5 sacks, 33 tackles and 11 tackles for loss. He will be a consideration for the Bills at No. 3, if he's still on the board.
Hard Knocks: Dareus’ father, Juleus, died when he was 6 years old. His mother was left to support seven children. Marcell was the second youngest. “My mom she struggled with all seven of us to do the best she can,” said Dareus. “She was the head of our house. She brought us all up, six boys and one girl. She had to be the mother and the father. She really had to make our boys understand that they had to take care of our family and be productive in the community.”
Dareus’ mom, Michelle Luckey, developed congestive heart failure during Marcell’s high school years. A high school coach, Lester Reasor, became Dareus’ legal guardian. Dareus’ mom died last May.
Dareus on Alabama coach Nick Saban: “I learned a lot from coach Saban. He taught a lot of the little things, it’s the little things that matter. Finishing through the line, finishing up on your reps, follow through with your hands, follow through on your stunts, watching film, studying offensive linemen,
point of attack, which hand they like to hit with. There’s a lot of things he taught me along the way and a lot of things I already had in my arsenal, he brought more things to it. It was a good combination. He taught us all a whole lot.”