Fairley, who played at Williamson, won the Lombardi Award, which goes to the nation's top offensive or defensive lineman. He finished with 60 tackles, 24 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks.
He had five tackles, three TFLs and a forced fumble in Monday's BCS title game win against Oregon, earning defensive MVP honors.
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 as possibly being the No. 1 pick in April's NFL Draft.
"He's a beast," Kiper said on ESPN Thursday. "He has been a dominator since fall practice, when Auburn people said: 'Watch out for this kid. He's ready to take his game to an All-American level."
In other news, offensive line coach Jeff Grimes is being interviewed for the same position by Texas this morning, according to AuburnUndercover.com. Grimes, who finished his second year with the Tigers, is a native of Garland, Texas, and played at the University of Texas-El Paso.