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Nick Fairley

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Nick Fairley

Nick Fairley is an NFL defensive tackle, most recently with the New Orleans Saints.

Fairley was the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and was a second-team All-Pro in 2012.

However, he didn't start for his high school football team until his senior year.

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Nick Fairley is an NFL defensive tackle, most recently with the New Orleans Saints.

Fairley was the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and was a second-team All-Pro in 2012.

However, he didn't start for his high school football team until his senior year.

Early on, Fairley seemed more likely to play college basketball than he did college football. As a senior, he averaged 15.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. 

But once he figured out how to harness that athleticism on the football field, he was very difficult to stop. Fairley became a three-star prospect at defensive tackle, and went on to play at Auburn. 

At Auburn, he won a national championship and was named the 2010 SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

Fairley's athleticism was a big reason he was such a high draft pick, as he ran a 4.84 40-Yard Dash at 291 pounds at the 2011 NFL Draft.

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