2011 NFL Mock Draft: Could Nick Fairley Be the Carolina Panthers' Savior?

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Could Nick Fairley Be the Carolina Panthers' Savior?
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Last week, Nick Fairley confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in sports, and announced that he is, in fact, making himself eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft.

It's an understandable decision.  Fairly won the Lombardi Award and led Auburn to an undefeated season and a National Championship, dominating in the title game against Oregon so much that you could rightfully say that his play was the deciding factor.  Oregon couldn't get its running game going at all, and Fairley was in Darron Thomas' face all night.

So, with Andrew Luck not an option, does Fairley become the new man who would be king?  I didn't think so in my last mock draft, but that was before last week's title game heroics, and before we found out which juniors were going back to school.

Now that we have a clearer picture, let's try to predict the future once more.

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