Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/13/12
1. Breakout Player of the Year DT Marcell Dareus, Buffalo Bills The 3rd overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft made an instant impact as a rookie defensive end in Buffalo's 3-4 scheme. He started all but one game and recorded 43 tackles and 5.5 sacks - both above average statistics for a 3-4 DE. Dareus was also without Pro Bowl DT Kyle Williams for the entire season because of a season-long injury. Now, Dareus is switching back to his more natural 4-3 defensive tackle spot, where he is expected to make an even bigger impact rushing the passer from the interior and plugging up the middle at the same time. Besides the scheme change, Dareus also welcomes back Williams - his partner in crime - as well as free-agent acquisitions/defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. The Buffalo Bills' defensive line has the personnel to be something special, but only time will tell. If these four Pro Bowl-caliber players hit their strides, it could be a long season for opposing quarterbacks. Each ...
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