The Cleveland Browns represented by Chris Pokorny of Dawgs by Nature are next up in the SB Nation Blogger mock, and they selected Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama. BOOO! I am rooting very hard that Dareus falls to the Titans at 8, but I am a realist and know that probably isn't going to happen. He probably won't even be around at #6 when the real draft happens.
Reasoning from Chris after the jump.
Dareus also feels like a more secure pick than Nick Fairley and Da'Quan Bowers given their character and injury issues, respectively. As far as defensive end goes, Cleveland can hope to find a stud in the later rounds or amongst some of their pass rushing linebackers from last year's 3-4 defense, including Marcus Benard and Matt Roth.
Impression: Looks like a physical five-technique who has some upside to his game because of his high pad level as a pass rusher, but his weight issues could ultimately keep him from ever living up to his potential and keep from ever being much more than a very good run defender who eats up blocks inside.
It's not often 3-4 defensive ends come along who are as polished, strong and athletic as Dareus. Playing end in Alabama's pro-style 3-4 defense, Dareus should start as a rookie if a team with the same scheme picks him up.
He's a good pass rusher for such a big player, but most teams will like him for his run-stopping ability. Dareus is powerful throughout his frame and should be able to hold the edge well.