2011 NFL Draft - Buffalo Bills
Alabama DE Marcell Dareus
Alabama DE Marcell Dareus
Posted Apr 30, 2011

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2011 NFL Draft Analysis
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2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay

- 2010 Buffalo Draft Breakdown

First Round 
DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama (DE) 6-3, 319 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 3 CFN Overall Ranking: 5

Can he be more productive for the Bills than he was for Alabama? He was a very good player for the Tide, but was he a consistently dominant force? Not really. The tools are all there, though to do whatever the Bills want, but now he's going to be asked to become a franchise playmaker to build the line around for the last decade. You don't take a player at No. 3 and ask him to be just pretty good. Now it's time to instantly improve the worst run defense in football.

FN Analysis: Extremely versatile and explosive, Dareus is the ideal defensive lineman in any scheme with the quickness to work as a one-gap playmaker and the size and toughness to sit on the nose if absolutely needed. With all the right tools, he's quick off the line, tough when blocked, and fast enough to get to the runner down the field. There aren't too many problems, but he wasn't quite as productive as a top-shelf NFL prospect should be. He needs to keep his weight in check and he'll need a constant push to reach his full potential, but if he decides he wants to be the best defensive tackle in pro football, he might just do it. The sky is the limit on his talent, but there's bust potential is he doesn't keep developing. Being a big athlete alone isn't going to get it done at the next level.
CFN Projection: First Round
Second Round    
CB Aaron Williams, Texas (FS) 6-0, 204 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 34 CFN Overall Ranking: 42

A terrific run playmaking defensive back, Williams has the versatility to play almost anywhere in the Buffalo secondary. After taking Marcell Dareus in the first round, toughening up the defense has been a priority, but there will be several who'll question passing up on Andy Dalton or Ryan Mallett here. Williams is a very good, very sound prospect who'll start right away.

CFN Analysis: Is he the next great Texas defensive back? Probably, but the bigger question will be where he plays. Part safety and part corner, he's a tweener in a good way and has the versatility to sit in someone's secondary for a long time and be extremely productive. With his size and skills he can beat up receivers, but he's not fast enough to be a No. 1 lockdown coverman and might have to work in a Malcolm Jenkins-like role as a star as a part of a system. Running a 4.52 at the Combine, his future is at free safety where he could be a league-leader in interceptions, but he'll likely start out at corner where he should be terrific for a few years. A great all-around defensive back, the only thing missing is that raw speed. He's athletic, can jump out of the stadium, and can be very good as long as he doesn't have to be the main man.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Third Round   
ILB Kelvin Sheppard, LSU 6-2, 250
Overall Pick No. 68 CFN Overall Ranking: 63

Ryan Mallett was right there for the taking for a great value pick, but the Bills are going hard on defense with Marcell Dareus, Aaron Williams, and now a very good, very sound run stopper. With the three picks, Buffalo is improvine the middle of the defense and considering it was the worst in the NFL against the run, Sheppard should change that in a hurry.

CFN Analysis: Built for the inside, he's not all that athletic and doesn't move like an elite player, but he's strong, thick, and rock-solid as a run stopper. A pure tackler who succeeded at a high level in the SEC, he did a little of everything well and was moved around where needed. There's no worries about the bumps and bruises; he's a smart, high-energy warrior who has to be dragged off the field. While he's not going to be the best player in a linebacking corps, and he might not be on the field on third downs, he could be a leading tackler. He's the type of player you'd like to work a run defense around.
CFN Projection: Third Round
Fourth Round   
SS Da'Norris Searcy, North Carolina 5-11, 223
Overall Pick No. 100 CFN Overall Ranking: 253

CFN Analysis: With great size and excellent strength, he has the raw ability to be a great strong safety against the run … potentially. He came up with 27 reps on the bench and he checked in at a huge 223 pounds, but he's not all that athletic and he didn't make nearly enough plays in college. Not good against the pass and he doesn't move as well as he should for a player who can return kicks, but he's always around the ball; he just isn't the one making the stop. With a great make-up and coachable character, he'll do whatever is asked of him and could be a tough cut. He'll work hard on special teams to stick on a squad … barely.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Fourth Round
OT Chris Hairston, Clemson 6-6, 326
Overall Pick No. 122 CFN Overall Ranking: 105

CFN Analysis: Young, big, and with plenty of potential, he's still a work in progress and he needs a few years in an NFL weight room before he's able to show off all he can do. He's a tough fighter who just might be scratching the surface on his potential, and once he's a bit more physically mature, the upside could be tremendous. He's not going to be a plug-and-play blocker, and he might only be a right tackle, but he could be fantastic in two years.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Fifth Round    
RB Johnny White, North Carolina, 5-10, 209
Overall Pick No. 133 CFN Overall Ranking: 241

CFN Analysis: With a nice base and cut-on-a-dime quickness, he's a natural runner who gets around the cones in a hurry. He flew under the ACC radar and was never considered a star, but always did a nice job and he always gave a good effort. Not necessarily a special runner and without the raw speed to work on the outside on a regular basis, but he could turn into a sneaky-good pro with his great attitude and tough style. Every time he gets the ball he'll make positive yards, but he'll be nothing more than a cog.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Sixth Round   
ILB Chris White, Mississippi State 6-3, 240
Overall Pick No. 169 CFN Overall Ranking: 124

CFN Analysis: The tools aren't there to be special, he only came up with 17 reps on the bench at the Combine, and he doesn't move all that well, but he's a big framed inside defender who cleans up messes extremely well. A great leader and perfect for the middle, he'll make every tackle he'll get to. He's not a factor in pass coverage and he doesn't move smoothly, but despite his rigid style he pursues well and he plays fast on the field. His straight-line speed, checking with a 4.67 40, is solid. Just a guy, he'll be a part of a rotation, but he's not going to be a special starter by any stretch.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Seventh Round   
CB Justin Rogers, Richmond 5-11, 180
Overall Pick No. 206   CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: With decent size and phenomenal speed, he has the look of an NFL corner, but he's a bit skinny and he's not going to push anyone around or do much of anything for the run defense. He'll be an awful NFL open field tackler and is purely a dime defender and a third down specialist if he's not on an island, but he has the wheels and athleticism to find a spot somewhere.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Seventh Round
DT/OG Michael Jasper, Bethel 6-6, 390
Overall Pick No. 245   CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: A huge, HUGE player who tips in at close to 400 pounds, he's an offensive lineman by trade who projects as a defensive tackle. After working mostly as a guard, he could be stuck in the middle of someone's defensive line and told to not move. He's not an athlete in any way, but players of his size are rare.
CFN Projection: Free Agent