Draft Rewind 2011 – Nick Fairley – Detroit Lions

What Ourlads NFL Scouting Services said about NICK FAIRLEY: Auburn, 6037 291 4.87.  Junior entry. One-year starter. Junior college transfer. Lombardi Award winner. Long arms and measurables for the position. Nose tackle or a four-man front defensive tackle. Pushes the pocket as an inside pass rusher. Draws consistent double teams. Gets his long arms up in the throwing lane. A disruptive penetrator who consistently draws double teams. Will stop his feet and quit working to the ball once he’s doubled at times. Will flash ability to hustle on outside plays. A big man who can beat a hesitant offensive lineman. Picks his spots and is explosive and aggressive fighting to beat a block. Plays in a rotation where he is fresh. Tendency to play high. Can overpower a center or guard with strength or beat them with quickness. Sudden to shuck a blocker or split a double team. Three sacks versus LSU. Guesses a lot, but has above average instincts. Needs to improve his ability to control blocker with his hands. His success is through the gaps. He needs to adjust to blocking schemes quicker. May need extra repetitions. Injury to left shoulder. He will need more flexibility to play lower to stack NFL double teams. Plays angry with a nasty disposition. Conditioning will always be a concern. Will he do enough to get by or will he play hungry? Does he want to be great? Will only be limited by his work ethic on and off the field. High risk and high reward player. Productive junior year. 2010 stats: 60 tackles, 11 1/2 sacks, 24 TFL, 2 FF, and 1 INT. Edge speed:left 1.91, right 2.04. OSR:2/25. First round. (A-34 3/4, H-9 3/4, BP-DNP, 10-1.72).

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