Auburn DT Nick Fairley announcing today he will enter the NFL draft
Another shocker out of Auburn, Nick Fairley will enter the 2011 NFL Draft. There is a pretty good chance that if Fairley does well at the NFL Combine, his pro day and interviews he will be the #1 overall pick. Carolina, who has the first pick, just hired Ron Rivera. He has run both a 3-4 and a 4-3 in his career but said in his introductory presser that he plans on running the 4-3 with the Panthers. Fairley has proven he is a stud at DT in the 4-3.
It would be really nice to see Fairley on the board at #8, but that isn't going to happen. Odds are Fairley will be taking his dirty talents to Carolina. This does increase the odds that Marcell Dareus will still be on the board when the Titans pick. While DT isn't the biggest need the Titans have, it was very apparent in 2010 that they could use some more bulk in the middle of the defensive line.