2011 NFL Mock Draft: What Has Happened to Nick Fairley's Draft Stock?

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: What Has Happened to Nick Fairley's Draft Stock?
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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.

For More Draft Coverage, Check Out Our 2011 NFL Draft Page.
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

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