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Thanks but No Thanks? Bills Uninterested in Auburn DT Nick Fairley

 You would think that a safe assumption for a team that finished dead last in the NFL in rushing defense allowing almost 170 yards per game (169.6) would be keeping all their options open regarding defensive lineman who can help make an impact and improve against the run.

Apparently that’s not the case with the Bills.  According to Patrick Moran of, the Bills aren’t considering Nick Fairley with the third overall selection in next week’s draft.  Moran indicates that a source close to the Bills has eluded to the fact that Fairley’s not in the running at No.3 and he won’t be even be a possibility on draft night.

It’s hard to imagine that the Bills would take this type of stance on a player who dominated the defensive side of the ball at Auburn last season.  Fairley registered 84 tackles and 12 sacks in his two years at Auburn, outstanding numbers for a defensive tackle.  Fairley had four games in which he recorded at least two sacks and was named the 2010 Lombardi Award winner, given to college football’s top lineman.  In the national championship game against Oregon, Fairley had a field day against the Ducks with five tackles (three for losses), a sack and a force fumbled, and was named the 2011 BCS National Championship Game MVP. 

Once considered to be a top five lock, that doesn’t seem to the be case anymore because Fairley comes with some character risks, maturity and responsibility issues.   He had more than few colorful, questionable hits last year and he’s been defined as a dirty player at times and often crosses the line from being an intense football player to being careless and taking cheap shots, which traces back to his maturity questions.  He has also been late for meetings and skipped interviews during the draft process and during the scouting combine, which brings his attitude issues into question.

Maybe the Bills really don’t like Fairley for these reasons.   And maybe they view him as a one-year wonder and find themselves not wanting to get burned again like they did with Aaron Maybin.  Perhaps he doesn’t fit into their scheme and what they want to defensively.  Considering out all the experts’ ideas and mock drafts regarding the Bills’ direction as to where they’re headed with the third pick, I guess it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise Fairley and the Bills have never been mentioned.

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