With the third overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected Alabama product Marcell Dareus.
Joel Thorman over at SB Nation offered this analysis of the selection:
The Buffalo Bills have made Alabama DT Marcell Dareus the third overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Dareus is a favorite of NFL Network's Mike Mayock because he can play all three positions on their 3-4 defensive line. Dareus can play immediately in Buffalo and the Bills defense can use all the help they can get.
In two seasons as a starter, Dareus compiled 66 tackles, 11 sacks and a pick-six in the 2009 BCS National Championship. Even after being suspended two games for accepting improper benefits, he's been considered the likely No. 2 pick for a while now. Despite being bested in the NFL Combine's 40-yard dash by Nick Fairley, Dareus dazzled in just about every other drill.
Mocking The Draft sees him as an instant starting end in a 3-4 system, backing up their assessment with play-by-play breakdowns from the Capitol One Bowl (not for the faint of heart).