2011 NFL Draft: Power Ranking Nick Fairley and The Top 10 Defensive Players

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2011 NFL Draft: Power Ranking Nick Fairley and The Top 10 Defensive Players
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Now that the BCS Championship has been played, and the NFL Playoffs are underway, the 2011 NFL Draft is on the mind of every sports fan, and the superstars of college are now beginning to become more familiar among fans of the NFL, due to the possibility of a potential supreme talent joining their favorite team.

In the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the defensive side of the ball is likely to be selected quicker than the offensive studs entering this year, such as A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Mark Ingram, and Jake Locker.

Nick Fairley, Patrick Peterson, Da'Quan Bowers, Prince Amukamara and Akeem Ayers are the defensive beasts that are all likely to be within the top 10 picks, with the exception of Ayers who is more of a top 15 selection, after each player has shown excellent professional potential in their collegiate careers.

At first Da'Quan Bowers was the heavy favorite to be the first player on defense off of the board, but with Nick Fairley's recent performances, including in the BCS National Championship win over Oregon, he has quickly risen himself to a top three projection.  

Take a look at a power ranking of Nick Fairley and the top 10 defensive players entering the 2011 NFL Draft.

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