There are thousands upon thousands of mock drafts this time every year and this year is no exception. For the most part, they all say the same things. Again, this year is no exception. Most of the mock drafts this year have Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley being drafted with the No. 1 overall pick by the Carolina Panthers and the Bengals, in most of these drafts, are taking Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green with the No. 4 overall pick.
Like many of Cincy Jungle's readers, I fell in love with Fairley during the three hours it took for him to completely destroy the Oregon Duck's backfield in the BCS National Championship game. Unfortunatley, like most of you, I just figured that he was out of the Bengals' reach. Ah, but is he?
The Sporting News NFL writer Russ Lande thinks that it's possible that the Carolina Panthers may find a safer defensive lineman to take with the first overall pick in this year's draft.
With the top pick of the draft, look for the Carolina Panthers to ultimately decide among three defensive tackle prospects — Auburn’s Nick Fairley, Illinois’ Corey Liuget and Alabama’s Marcell Dareus. Though Fairley and Liuget might have more upside because of their elite athleticism, Dareus is the safest pick because he was highly productive in a complex scheme that required him to play with excellent technique, patience and smarts.
Panthers new coach Ron Rivera can’t afford to miss on this pick if he hopes to become a fixture in Carolina, so Dareus is the choice.