Since being considered a possible No. 1 overall pick, former Auburn DT Nick Fairley has fallen down many draft boards to Tennessee at No. 8 and some even lower. He is considered to be the most physically-talented defensive lineman in the draft, and yet his stock has been dropping as of late.
There are reportedly concerns about his work ethic and ability to motivate himself. He has even been compared to Albert Haynesworth, and we all know how that turned out.
This means that Marcell Dareus, though one spot lower than Fairley on Mel Kiper's Big Board, likely jumps to the Denver Broncos with the second overall pick.
However, Kiper said in his latest Mock Draft 4.0, "Defensive line probably falls lower on the list of team needs behind the obvious question of who will be taking snaps, but it's not a minor need."
If Fairley drops past Tennessee, the floor could drop out for the former Tigers defensive star. With only four defensive linemen—and only one other defensive tackle—projected in the next eight picks, Fairley could be the next Brady Quinn sitting backstage with his head in his hands and cameras in his face.
Hard to believe that an early favorite for the first overall selection could easily drop to a mid-to-late first-round bargain pick by a strong team.
Check in for updates to see where each top-rated prospect goes in the first round.
|1. Carolina Panthers||17. New England Patiriots|
|2. Denver Broncos||18. San Diego Chagers|
|3. Buffalo Bills||19. New York Giants|
|4. Cincinnati Bengals||20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|5. Arizona Cardinals||21. Kansans City Chiefs|
|6. Cleveland Browns||22. Indianapolis Colts|
|7. San Francisco 49ers||23. Philadelphia Eagles|
|8. Tennessee Titans||24. New Orleans Saints|
|9. Dallas Cowboys||25. Seattle Seahawks|
|10. Washington Redskins||26. Baltimore Ravens|
|11. Houston Texans||27. Atlanta Falcons|
|12. Minnesota Vikings||28. New England Patriots|
|13. Detroit Lions||29. Chicago Bears|
|14. St. Louis Rams||30. New York Jets|
|15. Miami Dolphins||31. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|16. Jacksonville Jaguars||32. Green Bay Packers|