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January 25, 2011

Panthers begin background work on Fairley

MOBILE, Ala. – The Panthers have begun the vetting process on Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, his high school coach said Tuesday.

Williamson coach Bobby Parrish said Panthers college scout Jeff Beathard called him recently to ask background questions about Fairley. Parrish said other teams, including Oakland, have sent him questionnaires about Fairley, but the Panthers are the first team to call.

It's a procedural move by the Panthers, and one they likely have done with other top-rated prospects, as well. But it suggests the team is serious about taking the junior with the top pick in the April draft.

“I get the impression that they really like what they see,” Parrish said. “You never know because you don't know what their needs are. But they definitely think he's a good ballplayer.”

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney and the team's scouting department are in Fairley's hometown this week for the Senior Bowl. Fairley's high school sits across the railroad tracks a few hundred yards from Ladd Peebles Stadium, site of Saturday's game.

Fairley announced he was leaving Auburn a year early to enter the draft during a news conference at the school's gym. Parrish said Fairley is training in Houston, but might be in Mobile later this week.

 --Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on January 25, 2011 at 11:17 AM | Permalink

Comments

With many needs on this team, it would be better to trade down to the 4th or 5th spot. Regaining a 2nd rounder( something they shouldn't have to be doing dumb Hurney). Marcell D will be there by the 4th or 5th pick in the 1st round. They will have a rookie pay scale so it shouldn't be hard to trade back.

Funny how players have good year doing their junior or senior year to boost their draft status. Not many ppl heard of Bowers having 4 sacks in his first 2 years at Clemson before breaking out this yr with 15.5 sacks.

Didn't hear much of Nick F until this year as well. I'm no GM etc etc so I will let them handle the situation.

Posted by: oh wow | Jan 25, 2011 11:44:23 AM

It's going to be very hard to trade out of the number one spot with no clear cut number one pick. Unless some team desides the Reeaally want the defensive end from clemson or A.J. Green we are staying put. There is no great QB, or amazing freak player who could go number one. Other than Green most of the top 5 pics are one year performers.

Nick Fairly is a good pic if he is mature enough to come in and work hard and handle all that money. I'm afraid he will lose what little motivation he had. If he's not worth the pic we need to consider the end or green ourselves and go with the safe bet despite have an abudance at one position. It doesn't make sense to draft a WR with all of ours, but if Nick is a bust and Green is the next Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitz we are going to look retarted.

Posted by: Sports Fan | Jan 25, 2011 12:08:01 PM

It's going to be very hard to trade out of the number one spot with no clear cut number one pick. Unless some team desides the Reeaally want the defensive end from clemson or A.J. Green we are staying put. There is no great QB, or amazing freak player who could go number one. Other than Green most of the top 5 pics are one year performers.

Nick Fairly is a good pic if he is mature enough to come in and work hard and handle all that money. I'm afraid he will lose what little motivation he had. If he's not worth the pic we need to consider the end or green ourselves and go with the safe bet despite have an abudance at one position. It doesn't make sense to draft a WR with all of ours, but if Nick is a bust and Green is the next Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitz we are going to look retarted.

Posted by: Sports Fan | Jan 25, 2011 12:08:02 PM

oh wow, if I'm not mistaken Farley played at JUCO his first two years and was only at Auburn this past season.

Also, doesn't it make more sense as players mature, gain strength and have access to better coaching that they would have their better seasons as Jr's and Sr's. Just as most NFL players get better in years 3 and 4 of their careers.

Posted by: Pantherfaninohio | Jan 25, 2011 12:12:41 PM

Funny how a guy as Gatorade player of the year in high school, had 24 sacks as a junior and 22 sacks as a senior and wasnt drafted #1 overall.

Terrell suggs drafted #10 overall.

Who knows what these guys think????

Posted by: fo sho | Jan 25, 2011 12:12:45 PM

Nick was in a junior college before coming to Auburn as a back-up last year. What's scary about him is that he could be the college version of Haynesworth. Great in a "contract" year, but a slug otherwise. I just hope he is more like Warren Sapp, who was critisized for his background and size coming out of college. He didnt go 1st overall, but took great motivation out of his slide down the draft. Something Fairley wouldnt experience if we draft him. Bowers is just as much of a crapshoot, but because he is a julius clone, I like him less.

Posted by: Dave-O | Jan 25, 2011 12:17:21 PM

This wasn't the best year to have the #1 pick, but hopefully the new CBA will not hit the Panthers with such a high $ amount for the contract, allowing us more space to aquire free agents.

Fairley has great talent, but knowing if he's got all the right stuff to make it work is key. We need a top WR badly, and it wouldn't surprise me if they choose Green. But who's gonna throw to him? We need to grab a quality vet QB in free agency to get this offense going, allowing the youngsters time to pan out or fade away. Trading down would be ideal, but hard to do, and you're not gonna get a 2nd rounder to move down 4 or 5 spots.

Posted by: Bassman | Jan 25, 2011 12:17:57 PM

Theres not going to be any football next year anyway... Take Fairley then take Luck next year. if we dont get a CBA

Posted by: Tyler | Jan 25, 2011 12:30:02 PM

fairley is a huge talent, no pun intended, and fills the most glaring need on the roster, excluding the obvious. i just don't know that he's the fit and i don't like his smirky attitude. i love him pounding ball carriers on the ground and mushing their faces, though.
give me green. i feel like he's a lock, and while we do have wr talent to develop, here's some talent that doesn't need seasoning. take the offensive weapon - hello! - i think we know what this team needs - a spark and some touchdowns.

Posted by: philip.d.brown | Jan 25, 2011 12:39:29 PM

The Panthers have college scouts? Really?

Posted by: Joe Friday | Jan 25, 2011 12:41:44 PM

"The Panthers have college scouts? Really?"

Lol was thinking about the same thing, especially how they haven't came close to find a franchise Qb. Finally WR's( hopefully Gettis and Lafell can be solid to good) to compliment Smith.

I give them LB, Safties, DEnds, Tackles both left and right( guards not very good, but okay at best) to draft well.

But CB( since Marshall will be let go), QB, WRs, TEnds they can't seem to find.

Posted by: oh wow | Jan 25, 2011 12:53:56 PM

I miss Tony Softli

Posted by: Ben | Jan 25, 2011 1:51:27 PM

They can't find CB's?

Captain Munnerlyn in the 6th round looks pretty good to me.

Posted by: BOB DOLE | Jan 25, 2011 1:51:53 PM

I dont care as long as we focus on drafting from the SEC.

Posted by: crunchy | Jan 25, 2011 2:15:34 PM

Trade down??? This is not Madden. Who exactly would trade with the Panthers? It takes two teams to make a trade, you do realize that?

Posted by: Steven | Jan 25, 2011 2:23:46 PM

I'd prefer to trade out of the pick, but there may not be any team offering decent value. (In my ideal world, we trade out of #1 and pick up a second first round next year, then trade back into position to get Luck, but whatever...)

Fairley looks like one of about three or four guys worth the #1 pick. If the front office can be sure that his attitude isn't a problem, I think he's the best pick. Potential beast of a player and fills one of our biggest positions of need.

Any rumors of the Panthers sniffing around Carson Palmer? I'd send Clausen and D-Will as a package for him (hate to see D-Will go, but we need a QB WAY more than we need more RBs).

Posted by: BullCityDog | Jan 25, 2011 2:24:38 PM

Listen...for all of you claiming we should trade out of the pick like it's THAT easy to do this year...please create a scenario where it would make sense for a team to trade for the 1st pick. If you are unable to create the scenario, please stop throwing it out there like it's so obvious and easy to do.

Posted by: Roaring Riot | Jan 25, 2011 2:42:00 PM

Nick Fairley is gonna be a bust....why not go for a sure thing like aj green???

Posted by: Scott Silverstein | Jan 25, 2011 3:23:14 PM

Hey Sports Fan, you already look "retarted".

Posted by: Chris | Jan 25, 2011 3:36:41 PM

The only way we were going to be able to trade the first pick this year is if Luck came out. Of course then the brain trust wouldn't want to trade the pick hopefully. So we are stuck here. I think I'd prefer Green because I think he will be a true #1 receiver for years to come and he has done it more than one year. However if Fairley can keep his head on straight and really play he would fill our second biggest need for a long time hopefully. Just hate to pay a one year wonder first pick money.

Posted by: John | Jan 25, 2011 3:38:39 PM

fairley has only had 1 good year and hes not that big.hes widely known as the dirtiest player in college football.he scares me. the 49ers and titans need a q.b badly.also the cowboys at #10 need a shutdown corner badly.i bet they would love to get peterson.we could trade down to #10 and still get a quality player plus get our 2nd round pick back where there will still be some excellent def linemen.best case we trade with cowbys and get prince amakamara and a stud def tackle at #42.

Posted by: ray | Jan 25, 2011 3:41:54 PM

@Joe Friday...remember who is leading the Panthers entourage at the Senior Bowl. Marty Hurney. That automatically cancels out the scouting department.

Posted by: Phil | Jan 25, 2011 3:41:56 PM

Please don't bring this thug to Carolina....

Posted by: JRH | Jan 25, 2011 3:46:58 PM

Do not pick AJ Green with #1 pick He played his bowl game this year against UCF and was shut down totally with man to man coverage ! He is not Andre Johnson by any means !

Posted by: granatab | Jan 25, 2011 3:56:39 PM

You have to take fairley.........he will make the rest of your line get better as he will get double teamed. The only way we will be able to trade the #1 pick is if someone lights up the combine and causes all kinds of buzz.

Posted by: granatab | Jan 25, 2011 3:58:19 PM

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