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The latest comments from the NFL combine are that Alabama's Marcell Dareus may be the top interior defensive lineman in the draft.
The latest comments are wrong.
The comments are based on the time of the 40 yard dash and the vertical jump. Those tests are stupid for a defensive lineman.
What the NFL doesn't have a test for is heart, because if they did, Fairley would be drafted number one overall. He plays to the whistle, and he played every play like it was his last. I didn't see a defensive player with bigger heart this year.
I think Fairley is going to be the most significant player in this draft next season. He's not going to get a ton of sacks, but he's going to force coaches to double team him and open up the defense to blitz, run block and generally cause mayhem.
I predict Fairley will start 14 games, have 80 tackles and three sacks. Those aren't staggering numbers, but I don't think the stats are going to reflect the way opposing coaches are going to have to block him and the way he is going to make his teammates better.