McShay projects Dareus to Denver

April, 5, 2011
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ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay will unveil his latest three-round mock draft Wednesday on ESPN.com.

Tuesday, on “SportsCenter,” McShay gave a sneak peak with his top five picks.

McShay called the Denver Broncos the “real winners” because he has the Carolina Panthers taking Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with the No. 1 pick. That would leave the entire defensive draft board to Denver at No. 2.

McShay has Denver, which has massive needs on defense, jumping on Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. McShay indicated he thinks Dareus may be the best player in the draft and he thinks the Panthers should take him. McShay thinks this would be a major coup for Denver.

I agree. Dareus was my selection for Denver in my previous mock draft and I don’t see myself going off the pick in the 23 days between now the drafts unless there is a major development. Dareus is a dominant player and he’d be a strong building block for Denver as it begins the reconstruction of its defense.

I’ll have further reaction to McShay’s new mock draft Wednesday.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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