2011 NFL Draft: Nick Fairley No Longer An Option For The Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys are sitting pretty at number nine overall in the upcoming NFL Draft. Dallas will have their pick out of many of the top players, but one guy, Nick Fairley, who fans were hoping to target is now likely out of their range after his monster game in the BCS National Championship.

Fairley used his overwhelming strength to disrupt the Oregon backfield and dominate their offensive line the entire game. Prior to the game, Fairley was rated as a top 5 talent who could slip to the bottom of the top ten. However, after his performance last night he has become a top five lock and potentially a top 3 pick. Fairley could be considered for the top overall pick for Carolina, along with Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers.

With Fairley now out of reach, Dallas will be hoping either cornerbacks Patrick Peterson or Prince Amukamara slide to them. If not, trading down for a top offensive lineman is a possibility. One final dream scenario for Dallas would be UNC’s Robert Quinn sliding due to character concerns. Quinn could come in and immediately improve the pass rush next to the guy that he has been compared to, DeMarcus Ware.

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