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Dareus to go No. 1?

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Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera has experience running a 4-3 defense, but he also ran a 3-4 in San Diego. He has said that he plans to use an "attacking" 4-3 in Carolina, with elements of the 3-4. In other words, he's going to need some outstanding and versatile players along the defensive line. Enter Marcell Dareus. Could the Alabama lineman fit in with Rivera's plans as the draft's top overall selection? "Easily," says ESPN's Adam Schefter. "Dareus is going to be in the conversation for the No. 1 pick and it won't surprise me at all if he's gone in the top three selections. Dareus moves really well for a big man, is physical and is going to make one team very happy. I now think Dareus will wind up going ahead of [Auburn's Nick Fairley] -- at least that's what people in Indianapolis seemed to think. Now we'll go through pro days and the interview process and see, but it's definitely a close race." In his latest projection, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper had Dareus all the way down at number eight to the Tennessee Titans, but that doesn't account for Dareus' stellar showing at the Combine. Regardless, Kiper's description of Dareus sounds like exactly what the Panthers need: - Vince Verhe "Dareus is the rare player you can draft with almost no concern for systems. A player who can be a dominant pass-rusher from the 3-4 defensive end position, he also profiles to star in his more natural 4-3 defensive tackle position." Mel Kiper, Jr If insider information isn't allowed let me know ill delete it

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