You would think a guy picked 3rd overall would be happy with his draft position but not DT Marcel Dareus, who was passed over by our own panthers and the Denver Broncos (they instead picked LB Vonn Miller). Dareus had the following to say on the topic in a recent phone interview:
"If I ever get a chance to play Carolina I’m going to make them pay for passing up on me," said Dareus
I worked my butt off to the point where I’m not going to give you a reason not to pick me," he said. "You’re not going to look at me and be like, ‘Well he’s good, but…" That ‘but’ word is never going to come up when you mention my name. My sole focus was for me not to give you a reason to not pick me and you still don’t? Okay, I understand you have needs somewhere else, but if you need somebody to control your front and be a commander across the front and not let anything happen? I work my butt off to do that, and you pass me up still? Okay, I’ve got something for you."
Fortunately for us the Bills don't play the Panthers in 2011 but the Broncos on the other hand will face him Christmas Eve. Do you think Dareus might have a present for the Broncos? It might make for some drama.
Many players say this type of thing after the draft but Dareus is one guy who could really make it happen...if only the Bills played the Panthers sometime soon. You just don't expect this from a guy who was only passed by two teams. Might it have something to do with the fact we took an Auburn guy instead? Maybe...but its still amusing, and we need some of that around here!