2011 NFL Draft: Marcell Dareus Wants to Make it Warm in Buffalo

Marcell Dareus, the newest member of the Buffalo Bills was being interviewed by Deion Sanders when he said “It’s too cold up there, I’m gonna bring some warmth up there.”

Buffalo Bills fans will take any warmth they can get.

The Bills have only had one season over .500 since 2000 and that was only a 9-7 record.

Marcell Dareus from the University of Alabama is part of the defensive unit that carried Alabama to the 2009 National Title; in fact he was named the defensive MVP.

He is most remembered for his jarring hit that knocked Texas QB Colt McCoy out of the National Championship. Now he will compete with the AFC East and will look to knockout Tom Brady and Mark Sanchez.

An All-SEC first-team pick in 2010 despite facing constant double-teams, Dareus has a tantalizing mix of strength, quickness and surprising agility.

Dareus has quickly become one of the most interesting prospects in the country and with 11 years and counting from making the playoffs the Bills brass believe Dareus is the player to help change that.

Marcell is a powerful defensive end who can also slide inside in passing situations and is a tremendous pass rusher who can play the run as well.

The Buffalo Bills needed a player that was going to step in and make an immediate difference. With the third pick in the 2011 NFL draft the Buffalo Bills could not afford to miss.

With his ability to play DT or DE it should instantly help the Bills who allowed 200 yards rushing eight times this year, and 2,714 overall – the second-highest total in team history.

The 425 points allowed was also second worst but at 6’3 and 319lbs Dareus should immediately help the defense.

Marcell Dareus is an interesting and touching story as his father died when he was only six years old leaving his mother to raise seven children.

He knows an NFL paycheck will be an enormous help to his family, especially after his mother passed away last May.

“We’re all struggling in certain ways,” Dareus said of his family, which includes two brothers now living in California. “(An NFL paycheck) will be a big benefit to help my brothers and sisters to the point we can do something in life.”

Playing in the NFL has always been a dream for Dareus and now it has become a reality.

“I didn’t have the money for it, but we played and we had a good time,” Dareus said. “I started watching Warren Sapp, what he did and I’m like, ‘Why can’t I do that?’ So I pushed myself to do what he did.”

Marcell Dareus might not do the impossible and make it warm in Buffalo, but once he feels the love of the Buffalo fans he will feel the warmth in the cold.