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Monday, April 25, 2011
The argument for Nick Fairley

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

There has been speculation the draft stock of Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley is falling.

Earlier in the offseason, Fairley was considered a top-three prospect and a potential target of Denver at No. 2. But because of potential red flags of character, Fairley’s stock may have dipped. Many draft followers believe Fairley will not be a top-five pick. Fairley is tabbed for Tennessee at No. 8 in our bloggers’ mock draft.

However, in an ESPN.com Insider piece, KC Joyner believes Fairley should be a top pick. Joyner has evidence that suggests Fairley doesn’t take plays off. Joyner compares him to Detroit stud defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who was the No. 2 overall choice last year.

I think Denver may be leaning toward taking Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus at No. 2. But there is a chance it could pick Fairley. He was incredibly productive and dominant last year and Denver may be intrigued by Fairley.

Joyner clearly thinks that’s a good idea.

What do you think? Would you take Fairley over Dareus? Fill up the comment section below with your thoughts.