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Scouts Inc. concerned with Fairley's size

February, 27, 2011
2/27/11
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INDIANAPOLIS -- In their latest report from the NFL scouting combine, Scouts Inc. analysts Todd McShay and Kevin Weidl share their observations about offensive linemen and tight ends from the field and defensive linemen from the scales.

McShay and Weidl are concerned about defensive tackle Nick Fairley's size. Auburn listed Fairley at 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds. He was checked in Saturday at 6-3, 291.

Those measurements could send Fairley down draft boards. Scouts don't like defensive linemen under 300 pounds. If he were to pack on more weight, then it could impact his speed.

Saturday's stars were Colorado tackle Nate Solder and Nevada tight end Virgil Green.

McShay and Weidl loved Solder's explosiveness with an unofficial 10-yard split of 1.62 seconds on his 40-yard dash. His 9-foot-2 broad jump led all offensive linemen. They also liked what they saw from Syracuse center Ryan Bartholomew and Miami guard Orlando Franklin.

Not so swell was Arkansas tackle Demarcus Love. McShay and Weidl noted "Love labored to get to the corner and failed to get his hands on the rushing defender during the kick-step drill."

NFL evaluators I've spoken with over the past few days, almost to a man, have remarked about how impressive Green has looked. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.64 seconds. McShay and Weidl call him a "developmental prospect" because he's undersized at 249 pounds and runs questionable pass routes.

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