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Is Fairley a younger version of Haynesworth?

Posted on: April 5, 2011 5:41 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Remember when we talked about how Auburn DT Nick Fairley had a pretty decent shot of going to Carolina with the No. 1 pick in this month’s draft? Hell, a Panthers beat writer and I spent some time during Super Bowl week discussing the pros and cons of the Panthers making such a move with Fairley.

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Now, you’d be hard-pressed to find anybody who believes Fairley is a No. 1 pick. And, if you read this New York Post report, you can imagine why Fairley could drop even further than, say, the top-five. Because when your name is compared to that of Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth, as some of the Post’s sources have done, it’s not always such a good thing.

“You’ve got to tread lightly with him because, as good as he looks on film, he could be a one-year wonder,” an AFC general manager told The Post this week. “It’s not like [Ndamukong] Suh, who dominated for a couple of years and you had no doubts whatsoever about.”

Instead, Fairley has impressed for only one season in a Tigers uniform (and he WAS extremely impressive, recording 12 sacks during Auburn’s national championship campaign), and he was accused of dirty play on more than one occasion. His off-the-field character, much like Haynesworth, also has been questioned.

And remember, he made only 28 tackles and one sack as a sophomore after spending a season in JUCO. So, aside from his monster 2010, there’s not much history of consistent top-notch play there.

“Everybody is entitled to their opinion,” Fairley said at the NFL combine. "Some people think I play the game the way it should be played.”

Hopefully for Fairley, some of those people include NFL team executives.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:13 am

Is Fairley a younger version of Haynesworth?

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