Nick Fairley Draft Profile

DT Nick Fairley ~ Auburn

Measurables
Height – 6’4”
Weight – 291
40 yard dash (combine) – 4.82
Vertical leap (combine) – 31 inches

Career Statistics
2009 – 28 tackles, 1 sack
2010 – 56 tackles, 12 sacks, 1 int

Career Accomplishments & awards
2010 Lombardi Award
2011 BCS National Championship Defensive MVP

My take
Fairley had an absolutely dominating 2010-2011 season winning the Lombardi Award & the BCS National Title (along with the Defensive MVP of the game). Has good size but was shorter and significantly lighter at the combine then he was listed at during the season. Very explosive off the line, splits double teams and gets to the quarterback often. Gets up and goes very quickly, lateral quickness isn’t great though. Made several cheap/dirty shots on players during the year, drawing comparisons to DT Albert Haynesworth. I don’t see him being very effective in a 3-4 either. Love his potential as a three technique in the 4-3, sure-fire top ten pick.