Nick Fairley Will Enter 2011 NFL Draft, Leaving Auburn After Junior Season

Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairely will enter the 2011 NFL draft after making a name for himself in the BCS Championship Game as one of the most dreaded and dominating players in college football. It has been generally assumed that after a standout year that culminated in a national championship for the Tigers, Fairley would forgo his last year of eligibility for the NFL.

SB Nation's Mocking the Draft has Fairley listed as the No. 5 overall prospect in this class, and the No.1 defensive tackle prospect. Additionally, it has been widely speculated that if Fairly jumped, he could be the No.1 overall selection.

Fairley won the 2010 Lombardi Award for the top collegiate lineman, and was named the defensive MVP in the 2011 BCS Championship Game. He joins quarterback Cam Newton as the second Auburn star to declare for the NFL Draft early.

For more on all things Auburn, head to SB Nation's Track 'Em Tigers.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.