When the Buffalo Bills selected Marcell Dareus very early in the 1st round (3rd overall) of the 2011 draft many thought he could be that impact player we were looking for. Ever since we have been wondering how good he could be and if he’ll ever be that top tier player.
Dareus coming into his 3rd season as a Bill needs I think to really have a great season. I know from watching him somewhat in college and the NFL he definitely has all the talent and just now needs to show it. In no way has he been downright bad but some games I can remember wondering if he was even on the field. That being said he has managed 82 tackles and 11 sacks in first full 2 seasons. Hopefully he will be ready to compete from day 1 and really contribute. From all reports this defense will be revamped and a full go come week 1.
Let’s not forget Marcell had to go through a very tough time last season with the passing of his brother. He was one of three that were killed during a burglary in Pelham, Ala. With a tragedy like that to go through it puts a lot on one’s plate and not to miss anytime I thought was unbelievable. I know he’s on the team and has that to think about as well but wanting to come back to not miss any game time I commended him.
Taking a look at this upcoming season I think it could be a big one for Dareus. Either he comes through and shows what he could do or maybe we begin to hear the word no one wants to hear “bust”. Personally I think he will prove his value and have a good season. Early predictions for me would look something like this: 16gp, 40 tackles, 8 sacks, 1 int and 3 forced fumbles. Too much? Too little? What do you think?