It wasn’t a surprising announcement in the least, but Auburn DT Nick Fairley still had to make it official. A day before the league deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft, Fairley threw his hat in the NFL ring at a 12 noon press conference in his hometown of Mobile.
The Auburn Tigers blog site, which had live access to the announcement confirmed it on twitter. Fairley was reportedly distraught in making his announcement struggling to say he was going pro.
Fairley could very well prove to be the first pick off the board in the 2011 draft after a dominant 2010 campaign in which he led the SEC in tackles for loss with 24 and set a team record with 11.5 sacks, helping Auburn to the second national title in the program’s history.
ESPN has reported that Fairley would declare for the draft just prior to the official announcement.
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