2011 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Pick 8

AUBURN AL - OCTOBER 23: Nick Fairley #90 of the Auburn Tigers sacks quarterback Jordan Jefferson #9 of the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 23 2010 in Auburn Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Our annual 2011 NFL Mock Draft, with picks made by each of SB Nation's NFL team bloggers, is in full swing. The latest pick in to the podium: the Tennessee Titans, at No. 8 overall.

With the eighth overall pick in the 2011 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the Tennessee Titans select Nick Fairley, defensive tackle, Auburn.

Jimmy Morris of MusicCityMiracles.com explains the choice, and our own Dan Kadar reacts to it, after the jump. Make sure you're grading this pick for the Titans, and checking out Music City Miracles for all of your Titans needs.

Jimmy Morris explains: The Titans' defense was really bad in 2010, and part of the reason for that was because their undersized defensive tackles were banged up for most of the season. Nick Fairley, at 6-foot-3 and 291 pounds, will help take care of that problem. He is also a guy that could step in and help the 2011 Titans from day one, and that is something that this defense will desperately need. Fairley, at one point, was considered to be the best player in this draft. He has started to drop a little over the past few weeks, but the Titans would be thrilled to get him with the eighth pick.

Dan Kadar reacts: For the last several weeks, this pick has really become commonplace. This is Tennessee's top need after quarterback, and Fairley is a big-time talent. What Tennessee will have to figure out before making the pick is whether or not Fairley has the work ethic to be great. The trouble is, he may not. [Nick Fairley Scouting Report]

With that, the Dallas Cowboys - and our friends at Blogging the Boys - are now on the clock.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
3 Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson scouting report
5 Julio Jones WR Alabama scouting report
8 Robert Quinn DE North Carolina scouting report
9 Aldon Smith DE Missouri scouting report
10 Mark Ingram RB Alabama scouting report

2011 SB Nation NFL Writers' Mock Draft - RESULTS

Rd. No. Team Player Pos. College Link
1 1 Carolina Panthers Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri story
2 Denver Broncos Von Miller OLB Texas A&M story
3 Buffalo Bills Patrick Peterson CB LSU story
4 Cincinnati Bengals A.J. Green WR Georgia story
5 Arizona Cardinals Cam Newton QB Auburn story
6 Cleveland Browns Marcell Dareus DT Alabama story
7 San Francisco 49ers Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska story
8 Tennessee Titans Nick Fairley DT Auburn
9 Dallas Cowboys
10 Washington Redskins
11 Houston Texans
12 Minnesota Vikings
13 Detroit Lions
14 St. Louis Rams
15 Miami Dolphins
16 Jacksonville Jaguars
17 New England Patriots
18 San Diego Chargers
19 New York Giants
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
21 Kansas City Chiefs
22 Indianapolis Colts
23 Philadelphia Eagles
24 New Orleans Saints
25 Seattle Seahawks
26 Baltimore Ravens
27 Atlanta Falcons
28 New England Patriots
29 Chicago Bears
30 New York Jets
31 Pittsburgh Steelers
32 Green Bay Packers
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