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Dareus enters mix as possible No. 1

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08:23 AM ET 03.10 | Mark Ingram often drew the headlines at Alabama, but teammate Marcell Dareus may be making them at the draft. NFL head coaches, including Carolina's Ron Rivera and Denver's John Fox attended Alabama's pro day. Rivera, who holds the No. 1 pick in the draft, spent plenty of time talking to Dareus, who some draft analysts feel is contending with former Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley to be the top pick. Dareus, who weighed 318 pounds Wednesday, said he went eight feet, 10 inches in the standing broad jump. He also raced through agility drills with plenty of power, and said he wanted to show teams his flexibility, including good hands and footwork.

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Marcell Dareus, Getty Images Marcell Dareus, Getty Images
March 10, 2011  08:43 AM ET

It doesn't matter, guy.


According to Yahoo! Sports, the NFL and NFLPA have reached a basic compromise on a rookie wage scale that will replace the current rookie salary cap.

The NFL wanted first-round picks to sign five-year deals in order to become a free agents, but relented, according to the report, and agreed to four years for free agency. The report also stated there is also expected to be a stipulation limiting the amount of guaranteed money and signing bonus offered to draft picks.

In addition, the league agreed that all players drafted after the first round would be limited to three-year deals, but teams would be allowed to put restricted free agent tags after the three years.

In the old CBA, teams with selections 1-16 in the first round could sign those players for up to six years. Picks 17-32 could sign deals for up to five years.

March 10, 2011  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It doesn't matter, guy.According to Yahoo! Sports, the NFL and NFLPA have reached a basic compromise on a rookie wage scale that will replace the current rookie salary cap.The NFL wanted first-round picks to sign five-year deals in order to become a free agents, but relented, according to the report, and agreed to four years for free agency. The report also stated there is also expected to be a stipulation limiting the amount of guaranteed money and signing bonus offered to draft picks.In addition, the league agreed that all players drafted after the first round would be limited to three-year deals, but teams would be allowed to put restricted free agent tags after the three years.In the old CBA, teams with selections 1-16 in the first round could sign those players for up to six years. Picks 17-32 could sign deals for up to five years.

Draft day will get a little more lively now.

March 10, 2011  08:49 AM ET

Not a bad choice. A DT #1 is better than a DE or overhyped Auburn and Missouri QBs.

March 10, 2011  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Not a bad choice. A DT #1 is better than a DE or overhyped Auburn and Missouri QBs.

A DE that takes plays off and has inconsistient film
A QB with character concerns and another who kind of just appeared because somebody stayed in school.

Carolina should be praying to trade out. I'd probably take Patrick Peterson- he looks to the best player in the draft in my opinion.

March 10, 2011  09:43 AM ET

I'm hoping he's there for the Broncos at #2.

March 10, 2011  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

A DE that takes plays off and has inconsistient filmA QB with character concerns and another who kind of just appeared because somebody stayed in school.Carolina should be praying to trade out. I'd probably take Patrick Peterson- he looks to the best player in the draft in my opinion.

Peterson would be the best pick... but damn if that guy Dareus doesn't look the part. He's a hoss in that picture up there.

March 10, 2011  09:55 AM ET
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Peterson would be the best pick... but damn if that guy Dareus doesn't look the part. He's a hoss in that picture up there.

Yeah if you can't trade down , which they probably can't
Dareus is a beat though -Farley's size hurt him

March 10, 2011  11:23 AM ET

Ron Rivera should just Draft him and trade down. Its a good way to get more value from the top spot. Plenty of teams would give up a lower pick ( probably a player or 2nd pick or both) for a DT with his potential.

Carolina needs a QB but there is not one worthy of a #1 draft pick this year.

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March 10, 2011  01:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I think he will be there @ # 2....By the way, I sent you a friend invite but have not accepted yet. :(

Don't really have anything set up on it. Give me about a week and try again.

March 10, 2011  02:32 PM ET

Dareus and Fairley are pretty much equal at their respective positions but DT's of Dareus quality are much harder to come by.

March 10, 2011  02:35 PM ET

Peterson #1, Dareus #2, Fairley #3.

March 11, 2011  06:57 PM ET

not happening

March 11, 2011  11:53 PM ET

I have no confidence in Rivera at this time, so I wouldn't be surprised if he takes a QB. Neither Gabbert nor Newton are #1 quality. I'd go with Peterson or Dareus.

 
March 12, 2011  11:22 AM ET

best player available,peterson

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