How They Would Fit...The OMFG!!! Nick Fairley fell to #9?! Edition

Well I think my Title Says it all. DO I see this Happening? No, but after a little studying I wouldn't mind if it did. I will admit that Fairley gives me some pause. I could live with "Character concerns" but Fairley also has a slightly deserved reputation for "dirty play". As for the One year wonder thing, Well that is not that big a deal. For one he went to Junior College, and two, he was a Junior last year. So I can live with that part. This is what Concerns me:

Auburn's Nick Fairley spears, injures UGA QB Aaron Murray (via sbbflicks)

Now That is just Wrong. That is the Type of play that not only will get a penalty but would get a player ejected and suspended. Now is this a typical Fairley play? I am not sure, as this was the most Blatant "dirty" hit that I saw from Fairley. Most of the other ones were "borderline" that could go either way. However this is unacceptable. 

Now saying that, Fairley is an excellent DT. Naturally We will be Looking at his Combine Numbers after the Jump. Now the Disclaimer:

Disclaimer: This series is looking at specific players and how they would fit into the Dallas roster using the current roster as a baseline.  Any opinions expressed are my opinions only and do not reflect the opinions of the Dallas Cowboys, SB Nation or their affiliates. Also I want to apologize to any Mobile Viewers of this post for putting a Video before the jump.:end Disclaimer.


Now Lets look Nick Fairley Combine/Pro day Numbers via Pro Draft Scout. com:

e: *Nick Fairley 
College: Auburn     Number: 90
Height: 6-4   Weight: 291 
Position: DT  Pos2: DE
Class/Draft Year: Jr/2011
40 Time: 4.84      
Projected Round: 1  Stock:     
Rated number 2 out of 151 DT's     7 / 2274 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6037
Weight: 291
40 Yrd Dash: 4.84
20 Yrd Dash: 2.76
10 Yrd Dash: 1.72
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 31
Broad Jump: 09'05"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.56
3-Cone Drill: 7.14

Now his SS and Broad/Vertical jumps don't seem that Impressive. Neither did his 40 time. However Look at his 3- cone time: 7.14 secs...Now that is quick... and that got me looking at his SS time relative to other players...

Here is Marcell Dareus Pro scouts #1 DT...

Name: *Marcell Dareus 
College: Alabama     Number: 57
Height: 6-3   Weight: 319 
Position: DT  Pos2: DE
Class/Draft Year: Jr/2011
40 Time: 4.93      40 Low: 4.86   40 High: 5.07 
Projected Round: 1  Stock:     
Rated number 1 out of 151 DT's     3 / 2274 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6031
Weight: 319
40 Yrd Dash: 4.93
20 Yrd Dash: 2.83
10 Yrd Dash: 1.68
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 24
Vertical Jump: 27
Broad Jump: 08'10"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.62
3-Cone Drill: 7.83

Now for a nearly 320 pound man those are impressive numbers, yet Fairley (though he does weigh ~30 pounds less) beats him in in every comparable stat...And flat out Destroys Dareus in the 3-cone and broad jump.

So how does he compare to a true pro player? As I have used Ratliff in my last post, I am reluctant to throw his numbers up again. So Lets use a player to some have said will be the next Bruce Smith, Sean Lissemore:

Name: Sean Lissemore 
College: William & Mary     Number: 93
Height: 6-4   Weight: 298 
Position: DT  Pos2: DE
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2010
40 Time: 4.92      40 Low: 4.80   40 High: 4.99 
Projected Round: 7  Stock:   High: 4-5  Low: PFA
Rated number 21 out of 151 DT's     240 / 1993 TOTAL
Combine Invite: 
Height: 6034
Weight: 298
40 Yrd Dash: 
20 Yrd Dash: 
10 Yrd Dash: 
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 

Dates: 03/17/10 
Height: 6034
Weight: 298
40 Yrd Dash: 4.91
20 Yrd Dash: 2.89
10 Yrd Dash: 1.70
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 36
Vertical Jump: 30
Broad Jump: 09'03"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.52
3-Cone Drill: 7.57

Now Fairley compares quite well with Sean. They have a similar build, at 6-4, 290-300 lbs. Both put up a 4.5 in the SS while running~4.9 in the 40. However Fairley again destroys Lissemore in the 3-cone. In fact the only player to put up a comparable 3-cone? Aldon Smith...who put up a 7.19 at the combine.....In Fact Fairley's 4.5 SS and 7.13 3-cone are comparable to many DE/OLBs....and we are talking about a 290 lbs man here.

So How does he Fit In Dallas? Well see him as a 1-gap DE/NT. He could line up along the DL basically anywhere and just create Havoc, especially if he is Between Ware and Ratliff. However, He could do the same over on the Strong side, blowing up Running plays, and pressuring the QB from the LDE spot(I think that is the Strong side). Pairing him from with Spencer could really unleash Spencer as Fairley and Ratliff would Occupy the Center, RG and RT, plus any TE that may be placed over there, thus giving Spencer a free run at the QB.

Now If he Falls does Dallas take the chance? In many ways I think they could. While a great player in College, Fairley would be surrounded by Good characters in Ratliff(who also went to Auburn) and Ware, plus Ryan I am sure could channel Fairley's aggressiveness into positive Havoc.....

As Always I welcome comments and Critiques.....Go Cowboys!!!!!

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