With the 4th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft the Cincinnati Bengals Select: Marcell Dareus DT Alabama Crimson Tide
Dareus is one of this class' finest prospects. Possesses the athleticism and explosiveness to be consistently disruptive against the run and pass. Hands that don't stop, sheds blockers quickly, and uses the frequently uses the swim move to get to the quarterback. Also has great power to push the pocket and stand his ground adequately when run at. Blessed with great feet and outstanding lateral quickness. Comfortable playing in space and likely capable of dropping into coverage. Only question is his endurance and stamina. Played in a rotation early and dealt with injuries as a junior. Dareus will likely be and early first round selection.
We as an organization felt compelled to take a highly talented laden, extremely motivated and high character player such as Marcell. We plan to get him into camp and have him compete for a starting job right away. It is our opinion that with Marcell in the fold plus the rest of our draft and free agency will put us right back where we want to be in the AFC North and beyond, at the top.
We will now take questions.........