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2011 NFL Draft Could Nick Fairley Be off the Board When the Titans Pick?

We have seen Nick Fairley to the Tennessee Titans in numerous mock drafts throughout the last couple of months. Well ESPN's Todd McShay tweeted yesterday that the Cincinnati Bengals defensive line coach was seen flying out of Mobile, AL which happens to be the home of Fairley.  The Bengals have the 4th pick in the draft.

Most draft people think the Bengals will take either Blaine Gabbert or A.J. Green.  I don't remember seeing any mocks where Fairley went to Cincinnati, but there are always things that happen early in the first round that I never saw in mocks.

I would not be heartbroken if the Bengals took Fairley.  He has as much talent as any player in the draft, but there are a lot of questions surrounding his motivation to be the best player he can be, and Jim Washburn isn't walking through that door.  He would be a high risk, high reward pick for the Titans.

The Bengals picking Fairley would leave A.J. Green on the board at least until the Cleveland Browns pick at 6.  I would love to see how the Titans have Green and Julio Jones rated on their board.  Is there a chance that they would take Green if he were there?  I don't think so, but it would be nice to have the option.

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