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Better than Fairley

Posted on: March 8, 2011 5:13 pm

All-American defensive tackle Nick Fairley once again chose not to perform the bench press during his team's pro day. He skipped pushing up reps of 225 pounds at the Scouting Combine, sayin he "had a shoulder injury in the Georgia game, it was a shoulder separation, AC joint. It wasn’t too serious, I played every game afterwards and it’s getting a lot better."

He also chose not to run the 40-yard dash in front of scouts from all 32 teams Tuesday, as he had little to prove after posting excellent 4.84 mark almost two weeks ago.

Fairley did weigh in at 297 pounds, however, an increase of six pounds over his weight in Indianapolis. His work in position drills, however, once again showed his excellent athleticism for a 6-4, nearly 300-pound defensive tackle. He gave great effort, as well, not looking like a player going through the motions.

He lost some steam after going through several drills, pointing to the lack of stamina some scouts put on Fairley's report, but the limited number of players being worked out gave him plenty of reps. It's doubtful teams will downgrade him significantly for that.

--Contributed by Senior Analyst Chad Reuter

Category: NFL Draft
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