New York Post reports that some NFL teams are “privately comparing” Auburn DT Nick Fairley to the troubled Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth which is not a favorable comparison to have leading up to the NFL Draft.
“You’ve got to tread lightly with him because, as good as he looks on film, he could be a one-year wonder,” said one AFC GM. “It’s not like Suh, who dominated for a couple of years and you had no doubts whatsoever about.”
The fact that teams are concerned about Fairley shouldn’t come as a surprise but the fact that some view him as a possible bust should have a negative impact on his draft stock. Early on it seemed like Fairley was a top-three player but he has slowly been falling down teams boards in recent weeks. Teams appear to be concerned about him taking plays off something that Haynesworth showed last season.
Despite the concern, Fairley has shown that he has an amazing skill set at a position that’s normally inhabited by players that possess size and strength rather than agility. It would still be a shock if he’s not taken in the top-ten.