The three teams at the top of this year’s draft (Carolina, Denver, Buffalo) are faced with what many consider a good dilemma, should they have the choice. Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers or Auburn’s Nick Fairley to improve their defenses, which finished 26th (Car.), 28th (Buf) and 32nd (Den) in the league in points against. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock provided his two cents in a national conference call Thursday, and added in a third name that he feels merits consideration with Bowers and Fairley.
“Two incredibly talented guys that each have boom or bust potential,” said Mayock of Bowers and Fairley. “Da’Quan Bowers is a one-year wonder, and it was a wonderful one year, but you better make sure that you’re getting what you hope you’re getting because he didn’t have much production prior to that.”
“As far as Nick Fairley is concerned I would also throw in Marcell Dareus’ name with Fairley. I think Nick Fairley might have a tiny bit more upside than Dareus, but Dareus has a higher floor. I think you know what you’re getting with Dareus.
“I would throw all three of those names in the hopper and grind the heck out of Da’Quan Bowers and Nick Fairley (tape and background) because they’re great football players with all kinds of upside, but you just better know what you’re getting after you hand that guy millions of dollars.”
Bowers had a 15 sack season in 2010, but had just four in the two seasons prior. Fairley was a part time starter as a sophomore before exploding onto the scene in 2010 with a nine sack season and 18 of his 31 tackles going for loss.
Dareus meanwhile has put together a pair of solid seasons including the one that helped Alabama win the national championship in 2010 when he most notably knocked Colt McCoy out of the title game.
On a pick where you can’t afford to miss one wonders if the concerns Mayock raises becomes an issue or if the questions still out there are answered at the NFL combine next week.
Tags: 2011 NFL draft, Da'Quan Bowers, Marcell Dareus, Mike Mayock, Nick Fairley
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