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Fairley's draft status is dropping

Posted on: March 6, 2011 5:24 pm
N. Fairley's draft status has begun to drop (Getty). Posted by Rob Rang

Much of the attention following the Combine has been centered on the team interviews with quarterbacks Cam Newton, Ryan Mallett and others, but according to three sources from different clubs, it is another high profile player who set off the most alarms at the Combine.

Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley was described as a "JUCO kid to the core" by one longtime personnel man, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

By "JUCO" the source is, of course, referring to the fact that Fairley played junior college football (Copiah-Lincoln Community College) prior to starring at Auburn. Asked to elaborate why being a "JUCO kid" is a bad thing, the source explained.

"Just because a player went to a junior college doesn't mean, he's a bad guy or won't be successful at this level, obviously. There are lots of junior college players who have gone on to great NFL careers."

The stereotype is that JUCO players aren't as smart, hard-working, and well coached. They are also viewed by many clubs as players most likely to have had off-field troubles in the past and potentially more in the future. The source refused to go into specifics, but said, "Everyone is coming down hard on the quarterback, but [Fairley] is the one to worry about."

Despite measuring in at a shade under 6-4 and lighter than expected (291 pounds), Fairley "looked soft," according to the source. This first impression of Fairley's conditioning was only reinforced by his "limited" understanding of defensive schemes during team interviews. The source also referred to the fact that Fairley doesn't use his hands well and has been able to be successful largely due to his natural talent.

"Oh, I'm not saying he's not talented. Hell, he might be the most talented player in the whole damn thing. But, he's no slam dunk at this level. Not the slam dunk people who watched him tear up the SEC or in the big game [BCS National Championship] might think."

The other sources weren't as forthcoming with details, but didn't sound surprised when I told them I heard that Fairley was slipping down boards and that, as such, I had pushed him from No. 2 in the mock draft I'd written prior to the Combine to No. 8 in my current one.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:23 pm

Fairley's draft status is dropping

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Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 8:40 am

Fairley's draft status is dropping

Yes, but if you need someone willing to twist an opponent's ankle at the bottom of a pile, he's your man.

Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 10:25 pm

Fairley's draft status is dropping

D cords will be having the plays shown to him in the dirt before each snap.  A fat Pac Man Jones.  Maybe call him Snack Man.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 7:09 pm

Fairley's draft status is dropping

Please, if you care to explain "attitude problems" I'm getting tired of the unproveable, unquantifiable, tag line "attitude problems" because like many others on this thread, I watched Auburn games-all I saw was a disruptive, damn-near unblockeable young DL.

Oh and spare me that garbage some other poster wrote about the quality of his competition. It wasn't as though Suh was playing against any better competition while at Nebraska.

Give examples, otherwise you're just parroting a played-out stereotype.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 6:49 pm

Fairley's draft status is dropping

I believe what I see on the field as well. Not even Suh @ Nebraska was as busy before, during and after the play. I keep reading all this nonsense about a "one-year wonder". Well, what was Suh? That right....the same damned thing, sometimes it all comes together that last year in college. I love,love, LOOOOVE that Fairley starts fights after plays, since when is THAT a problem?!?

Please let this kid "drop" to the Redskins..............please.
Detroit doesn't need him like the Skins do! :-P

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 3:43 pm

Fairley's draft status is dropping

Fairley was "lucky' not to have to play any "real" offenses in the SEC this year. Normally potent UF and LSU offenses were one dimensional and thus he could shine by simply clogging up the middle. Oregon was physically out-matched but this would have been true against most top-flight teams outside the PAC 10: OSU, LSU, Alabama, OU, TCU, Wisconsin by all means take the "waste of space" in the Top 10 along with Cuz Cam...can you say Jamarcus Russell Times Duex?

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2011 2:31 pm

Fairley's draft status is dropping

I love reading all of these posts from these called "expert" fans talking about how he just tore it up in college and will be a beast in the NFL. The thing is this, pure athletic talent will get you a D1 scholarship, Hard work, dedication, and a desire to be the best will get you to the NFL for a career (note i said career not an NFL contract). Why do you think that the league is littered with guys from Albany College, Arkansas-Minticello, Lambuth, Liberty, it because they were all beasts and just tore it up against SEC teams every saturday??  If you think it is then boy Im glad you arent running my team

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2011 2:29 pm

Fairley's draft status is dropping

Ignoring your "dirty plays" bit (since he must have horsewhipped your team), I have no idea where you can possibly call him "lazy." The only thing "lazy" is your eye if that is what you take away from his dominance this past year. 

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