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February 07, 2011

Fairley to answer Panthers questions on Twitter

Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, in the mix to be the Panthers' pick at No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft in April, will answer questions from Panthers fans only on Twitter tonight from 6:30-7 p.m.

You can follow Fairley (@Nick_Fairley251) on Twitter to ask your question or just read along.

Posted by Observer Sports on February 7, 2011 at 01:30 PM | Permalink

Comments

Patrick Peterson has a chance to be shut down corner that teams fear.

Posted by: Dont Need Him | Feb 7, 2011 2:04:25 PM

You dont use a #1 overall pick on a corner...

Posted by: AkJoe | Feb 7, 2011 2:08:37 PM

@Akjoe,
Why not? With the league becoming more and more pass-oriented, and with the top corners being some of the most highly paid players in the league, it sure seems like they are valued enough to warrant the 1st pick. The 3 highest paid positions are, on average, QB, LT, CB, if I am not mistaken. If Peterson allows them to not worry about half the field, why not take him?

Posted by: swizzlesticks | Feb 7, 2011 2:14:20 PM

@Akjoe,
Why not? With the league becoming more and more pass-oriented, and with the top corners being some of the most highly paid players in the league, it sure seems like they are valued enough to warrant the 1st pick. The 3 highest paid positions are, on average, QB, LT, CB, if I am not mistaken. If Peterson allows them to not worry about half the field, why not take him?

Posted by: swizzlesticks | Feb 7, 2011 2:14:20 PM

oh boy!!!!

Posted by: JD | Feb 7, 2011 2:20:08 PM

If you give a QB time,it doesn't matter how good your connerbacks are. The best way to stop an offense is to keep the heat on the QB (Any QB can get rattled and make mistakes if he is hit enough). Besides, it is a whole lot easier to scheme around a corner than it is to scheme around a guy in the middle at the point of attach

Posted by: MJ | Feb 7, 2011 2:23:27 PM

If you give a QB time,it doesn't matter how good your connerbacks are. The best way to stop an offense is to keep the heat on the QB (Any QB can get rattled and make mistakes if he is hit enough). Besides, it is a whole lot easier to scheme around a corner than it is to scheme around a guy in the middle at the point of attach

Posted by: MJ | Feb 7, 2011 2:23:28 PM

I dont follow Tweeter or whatever. But Someone should ask him why we shouldnt beleive that he's only a one hit wonder?

Posted by: Darin is an idiot | Feb 7, 2011 2:28:44 PM

How many defensive plays is the typical CB/DB involved in during a normal game? 20-30%?

How many defensive plays is a DT/d lineman involved in? 100%!

Question answered!!

Posted by: Deon Sanders | Feb 7, 2011 3:39:08 PM

i think there will be far more CB's on the open market than DT's once this labor thing settles out.

not to mention we've got 2 starting caliber guys under contract at CB where we definitely don't at DT.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 7, 2011 3:40:13 PM

@Deon Sanders - interesting name choice, first of all. But I have no clue where you are getting those percentages. I think Ryan and Revis would disagree on the impact of a top-quality corner.

@MJ - I have to disagree to a point. Yes, QBs often find ways to beat even the best coverage, if given the time, but does that mean the #1 pick cannot ever be spent on a CB? Plus, every second of additional coverage gives the D-line more precious time to get to the Qb. It goes both ways.

Posted by: swizzlesticks | Feb 7, 2011 4:05:08 PM

If the Panthers didn't have bad luck they wouldn't have any luck, no pun intended. The way this has played out, we may have been better off if we had won one or two more and drafted a little lower. Now we are faced with overpaying a #1 pick and don't know who to take and probably little or no chance of trading down. Maybe (CBA permitting), we may be best off trading the pick for a proven player that we need like a young QB or tackle plus a second round pick.
Maybe the combines will show some unknown sleeper worthy of a #1 pick, but frankly I doubt it. 2011 doesn't seem like the year to have the #1 pick because the drop off from Andrew Luck to whoever is the next best pick is very steep-how frustrating!

Posted by: SC Ken | Feb 7, 2011 4:06:39 PM

@Charlottean
Do you think the Panthers will go after any of the corners on the market? The last time they did that, they ended up with Ken Lucas - who was good, but not as good as his paycheck. And after Asomugha (spelling, sorry), is Richard Marshall worse than any of the other free agents? I am not saying the Panthers need a Cb more than DT, only that if Peterson is deemed the best available, they should take him, and not worry that #1 is too high to take CB.

Posted by: swizzlesticks | Feb 7, 2011 4:07:18 PM

I wouldn't mind seeing Fairley in a Panther's uniform, especially if he's going to be the disruptive force he was in college. He could be the anchor our DLine needs, alot like Jenkins was before injuries/attitude derailed him. I wouldn't pay first pick money on a corner, or receiver. In fact, I think our rookie receivers can be a really good group if you can find someone to throw them the ball.

Posted by: DaveT | Feb 7, 2011 4:07:36 PM

Patrick P isn't no Revis or Nnamdi A, so lets get that straight. Even though so mention a geat corner can shutdown one half of the field. Nobody isn't worth the #1 overall pick this year.

There's a corner no one is talking about is Jimmy Smith from Colorado. Only thrown at 20 times allowing only 11 catches and no td's, the only knack on him is no willing to tackle. If the fans want a corner, trade back to gather more picks to address other needs. Peterson will be another unproven player, not a shutdown from the start.

Posted by: oh wow | Feb 7, 2011 4:29:41 PM

@swizzlesticks. How many sacks are in an average game vs. picks?

While Revis is a game changer, again, you can game plan to the other side. A dt can be disruptive even when planned against. Frees up DE's, lb's and other dt.

Posted by: The Williams twins | Feb 7, 2011 4:31:06 PM

Defense wins championships...just ask the Steelers.

Posted by: THFC | Feb 7, 2011 5:45:13 PM

Why would anyone want to play for a team in a city that cares nothing about children and education and also a haven for criminals

Posted by: Alamosoldier | Feb 7, 2011 6:02:36 PM

I don't know, CB Peterson might be a safer bet. DT Faurley, while playing great last season may just be a one hit wonder. He has the potential to be a great NFL player or great big bust. His work etics, maturity and decision making are questionable. He's known not to give a 100% on every down and taking cheap shots. Although, the real concern with Fairley is that a #1 pick is really a high pick to spend on a player that has only showed good college production in his final season before trying to cash in on it.

CB Peterson has produced for a couple of seasons in a row registering 52 tackles with 43 of them solo in his sophmore year, he also had 9 tackles in a game during his sophmore year. He has good size at 6'1 and 222 Lbs with freakish speed for his size. He was clocked in the 40 as low as 4.30 which is unbelievable considering his size. He plays a 100% on every down and he doesn't have a questionable character like Fairley does. Plus, he's good on PRs and KRs solving the Panthers needs at this position as well. All things considering I think I'd go with Peterson and let the Broncos or some other team take a chance on Albert Haynesworth Jr. (Fairley).

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Feb 7, 2011 6:11:15 PM

@oh wow
First off, I have no idea how you can already claim that Peterson is not a top-quality NFL CB, he has not had the chance yet. What we need to get out of the way is that the entire draft is a gamble.
Secondly, I am not saying the Panthers should take him, I am saying that if they feel he is the best player in the draft, his position of CB should not make them think twice. If he is the best, take him. If not, take that player who is deemed the best. The whole debate started over whether a DB is valuable enough a position to take first overall.

Posted by: swizzlesticks | Feb 8, 2011 10:18:29 AM

@the williams twins,
What does it matter the number of sacks vs ints? Dl is more than sacks and Cb is more than Ints. Either position can be game planned against, but in both scenarios, they help the whole team. Do you think that if a D coordinator knows one side of the field is locked down, that no other defenders are freed up? Great defensive play, no matter the position, frees up other defenders. With a great CB, it frees up safeties and LBs to blitz, or roll coverage to other parts of the field, etc. Plus, it gives the DL more time to get to the QB, ie the coverage sack.
Both are valuable, and again, my point is not that the panthers should take anyone, it is that they should not avoid taking a CB, if he is the best available, just because he is a Cb.

Posted by: swizzlesticks | Feb 8, 2011 10:22:35 AM

if we don't trade down, the pick should be either fairley or green. we're pretty deep at bower's position, but have need at DE and WR.

Posted by: matthew Arnold | Feb 11, 2011 8:48:33 AM

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