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Friday, January 14, 2011

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley turning pro

A day after quarterback Cam Newton submitted his name for the NFL draft, Tigers defensive tackle Nick Fairley followed suit.

Fairley, a consensus All-American who won the Lombardi Award, announced at Williamson High School in Mobile that he will forgo his senior season and enter this April's NFL draft.

"I was just thinking on the season, finishing undefeated, won the national championship, won the SEC, won the Lombardi," Fairley said, "I was thinking, what more could I accomplish going back for my senior year?"

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Fairley could go as high as No. 1 in the draft. Scouts Inc. has Fairley, who will turn 23 on Jan. 23, as the No. 2 overall draft eligible player on its list. ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have Fairley going No. 1 overall to the Carolina Panthers.

Fairley doesn't care where he gets drafted.

"It doesn't matter," he said. "As long as it's not cold."

Fairley, who transferred to Auburn from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in 2009, had mostly a reserve role his first year in Auburn, finishing with 28 tackles and 3.5 tackles for a loss.

But he thrived this season, emerging as an inside force. He finished with 60 tackles, a school-record 24 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks, leading the SEC in the latter two categories.

Fairley had five tackles, three TFLs, a sack and a forced fumble in Auburn's 22-19 BCS title game victory against Oregon, earning defensive MVP honors.


scottie burns said...

Nick Flair....WWWOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

What's the latest on Grimes?

postermom said...

Now he's done it. He'll end up in Green Bay.

Anonymous said...

Bwah ha ha ha ha!!!

Have fun in Denver or Buffalo, Nick...

elcarg said...

It has been sunnier, warmer and maybe even less snowy in Denver this year. Come on up here Nick. I've lived here for 18 and the Broncos have only had one backuq OL. New coach John Fox always loved AU players and maybe will change things.

domaucan1 from Big BR,LA said...

Thanks for helping Auburn climb to the top of the college football world. We love you and all your team mates. You will always be an Auburn Tiger and it's great to be an Auburn Tiger. May Almighty God bless you and your family always and in all ways.



Dom Cangelosi, Class of '67
Baton Rouge, LA