Nick Fairley Scouting Report
Nick Fairley
Nick Fairley - Auburn (HT: 6-5 - WT: 300)
Combine 40: N/A - Pro Day 40: N/A - Position Rank: 1 of 55

Positives: Very solid athlete... Good size... Very solid pass rusher... Reasonably long arms... Uses his hands well... Disruptive... Quick off the ball... Gets in the backfield... Plays with good leverage... Can get penetration... Reasonably good strength... Solid power... Very solid bull rush... Solid strength at POA... Shoots gaps well... Good arsenal of pass rush moves... Great swim move... Can split and slice through some double teams... Does a good job shedding single blockers and making plays on the ball... Good flexibility and body control... Plays the run well... Does a nice job in pursuit... Actively chases the ball... Makes plays in the backfield versus the run... Stays low... Looks comfortable dropping into short coverage... Good recognition skills... Mean streak... Plays with intensity... Played through an injured shoulder toward the end of this season... High motor... Tremendous upside... Finished third in the FBS with 24 TFL in 2010... Selected All-SEC first team for the 2010 season and named Defensive Player of the year... Versatile, fits as DT in a 4-3 and might be considered as a 3-4 defensive end (but it would be wasting his talents)... Compares to Warren Sapp, Marcus Stroud.

Negatives: Former junior college transfer who started just two games prior to this season... Can wear down a bit as the game progresses... Will play down to his opponent... Needs to improve lower body strength... Can be engulfed at POA... Questionable work habits... Has taken some undisciplined penalties, and some cheap shots at quarterbacks.

  88 50 38 27½ 13 2 1 1 0
2009 Auburn   28 14 14 0 0 1 0
2010 Auburn   60 36 24 24 11½ 2 1 0 0

(February 8, -- The official roster of players invited to this year's scouting combine, which takes place from February 23 - March 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. has been announced. Refer to the tabs in the navigation bar for the combine participants by position. Overall, a total of 330 players have been invited to this year's combine, three more than last year. Sideline Scouting will be posting complete weigh-in and testing results daily.

*A.J. Green
WR, Georgia
*Nick Fairley
DT, Auburn
Von Miller
LB, Texas A&M;
*Da'Quan Bowers
DE, Clemson
*Cameron Newton
QB, Auburn
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