Path to the Pros: Nick Fairley

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"I want to be not just another number when I go to a team. I want to be that guy they look [at] to make an impact," says Nick Fairley.

The defensive end certainly made an impact last season for the Auburn Tigers. He was voted Most Valuable Player of the 2011 BCS National Championship game, and he received the Lombardi Award as the top lineman in the country.

Now, the talented d-lineman wants to ease concerns that his monster 2010 season might have been a one-year wonder. To prove his worth, Fairley teamed up with Danny Arnold, owner and operator of Plex sports training facility in the Houston suburb of Stafford, Texas.

On prepping for the NFL Combine, Fairley said, "I need to work on my hands and footwork. Everybody in the league is bigger, faster and stronger, and that's what I'm trying to improve on."

Fairley possesses excellent first-step quickness and athleticism, which he proved by running the Three-Cone Drill in 7.14 seconds—impressive for a 6'4", 291-pound d-lineman.

In the video above, Fairley expands on his training goals and NFL ambitions.

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