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Marcell Dareus impresses at Indy

Earlier Monday, we looked at the possible choices for Denver at No. 2.

Monday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, several defensive lineman had the chance to begin their push for a top spot.

Todd McShay of Scouts Inc. said on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Monday that he was very impressed by the speed of the defensive linemen. He said it was the fastest defensive line group he’s ever seen.

Alabama’s Marcell Dareus was particularly impressive, McShay said. He may set himself up to be the No. 1 overall pick by Carolina. Denver will likely seriously consider Dareus at No. 2. Dareus ran a 4.92 40-yard dash. That is a stunning time considering Dareus weighs 318. McShay said Dareus likely fared better than Auburn’s Nick Fairley in the eyes of scouts. Fairley was measured at 6-foot-3, instead of 6-foot-4 as he has been listed. Fairley did run a 4.82 40, so he will still remain a top prospect. Denver could choose between Dareus and Fairley.

Saturday, McShay told me he thought North Carolina's Robert Quinn could get in the conversation for the No. 2 pick with a strong combine. The defensive end missed the entire 2010 season because he accepted gifts from an agent. Quinn, who weighs 265 pounds, ran a 4.77 40. He reportedly looked good, not great. So, without great combine numbers and 2010 film, it could be difficult for Quinn to bypass so many good prospects and move up all the way to No. 2.

This situation will be fluid until the April 28 draft, but Monday’s events are worth considering.