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Cowboys don’t think highly of Nick Fairley

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There are two schools of thought on Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley: Some think he was among the truly elite defensive players in college football last season, will be a dominant force at the next level and should be in consideration to be the first overall pick in the draft. Others think he’s an irresponsible young man with a questionable work ethic.

Put the Cowboys into the latter camp.

Matt Mosley, a Dallas-based reporter for FOXSports.com, writes that not only would the Cowboys not take Fairley with their first-round pick, they likely wouldn’t even take him in the second round.

“I can say with conviction that the Cowboys want no part of Fairley,” Mosely writes in his latest mock draft. “There’s simply no belief at Valley Ranch that Fairley would come close to reaching his immense potential.”

All it takes is one team to like Fairley, and considering how productive he was last season at Auburn, it’s easy to see one team liking Fairley enough to pick him high in the first round. But it’s also clear that a lot of teams don’t think Fairley is the kind of player they want.

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31 Responses to “Cowboys don’t think highly of Nick Fairley”
  1. romoscollarbone says: Apr 22, 2011 7:11 PM

    Here comes the trolls, “but you guys drafted Dez Bryant”…….

  2. quentin673 says: Apr 22, 2011 7:20 PM

    great. tack this up as another guy where a good number of teams dont like him including the cowboys, but only they are singled out. he gets drafted and all of a sudden its another story about a player who was snubbed by the cowboys and how he wants to take revenge on them.

  3. nowathand twitter.com/Chris_M_Bach says: Apr 22, 2011 7:27 PM

    Mosley keeps talking about the brass there, etc.

    Let’s get real: Rob Ryan will pick the player. Stephen Jones and his picks are the reason the Cowboys were 21st in the NFL in points allowed in a division that had no playoff wins. Parcells had these guys 7th in the NFL when he left. I know who Ryan wants but I won’t say it because I want to win the Bud Light $11m draft contest! Ha ha ha!

  4. whatswiththehate says: Apr 22, 2011 7:37 PM

    So let me see if I follow the logic here…It’s okay to trust whatever another sportswriter says in regard to those who the sports media have already labeled as having “character issues.” But when a sports-writes says that Carolina Panthers wants nothing to do with Blaine, then we should just competely ignore it cause it’s the usual “smoke screen.”

    I think I’m figuring out the “group thinking” mindset here.

  5. prmpft says: Apr 22, 2011 7:44 PM

    Is it all not a crap shoot anyway?
    He may SUCK – he may have gotten wise – 1st round does not guarantee production – look @ my beloved SAINTS! Lots of non first round stars… (or any team for that matter) – you cannot POSSIBLY know before you pick a player – it is all the luck of the draw…am I wrong?

  6. riverhorsey says: Apr 22, 2011 7:51 PM

    thanks for all the details

  7. profootballwalk says: Apr 22, 2011 7:54 PM

    But you guys drafted Dez Bryant!

  8. lasher1650 says: Apr 22, 2011 7:54 PM

    This is akin to the murderer finding religeon in prison. Sorry Cowboys, you have zero credibility when it comes to judging character – probably best just to remain mum on this.

  9. tomwill21 says: Apr 22, 2011 8:00 PM

    Well in the 3-4 and with Ratliff, I don’t think highly of Fairly either. So this is two years in a row that the cowboys want nothing to do with winners of nation championships and great stats. I guess they’ll settle with no win Romo…

  10. goawayeverybody says: Apr 22, 2011 8:03 PM

    I think it’s unwise to simply discard a draft pick based on “character issues.” A lot of players with these issues did stupid things that is true, but it’s easy to forget just how young some of these players were when they did these things. People can change.

  11. jjared1101 says: Apr 22, 2011 8:07 PM

    This is akin to the murderer finding religeon in prison. Sorry Cowboys, you have zero credibility when it comes to judging character – probably best just to remain mum on this.

    —————

    Patriots- Brandon Merriweather

    Bengals- Chris Henry

    Pittsburgh- Ben Rothelisburger

    Titans- Kenny Britt

    You could go on and on about differnt players from different years on different teams. The Cowboys have about as much credability as the rest of the NFL.

  12. whitetail28 says: Apr 22, 2011 8:08 PM

    Wow!! The Cowboys supposedly leak alot of info. Scratching my head..

  13. cylondetector says: Apr 22, 2011 8:13 PM

    Sorry, but the Cowboys have about as much right to comment on player integrity as the Bengals.

  14. jjared1101 says: Apr 22, 2011 8:15 PM

    I think it’s unwise to simply discard a draft pick based on “character issues.” A lot of players with these issues did stupid things that is true, but it’s easy to forget just how young some of these players were when they did these things. People can change.

    ———-

    Well.. but according to Mosely, they don’t have a “belief he could reach his potential.” That may not just be character issues. I think they are talking about work ethic. Look no further than Jamarcus Russell when it comes to high first round picks with tons of potential but no work ethic.

  15. bbb82 says: Apr 22, 2011 8:36 PM

    Fairley doesn’t really fit Ryan’s defense anyway. Fairley is a 3 technique and Ryan’s defense is a 2 gap.

  16. nineroutsider says: Apr 22, 2011 8:41 PM

    You can’t trust a word any team official says this time of year. A team may crush a guy in the press and draft him in the 1st round the next day…

    You just have to hope that your team has enough guys in the front office who have that knack for spotting great players. Something we haven’t had in SF for quite a while…

  17. ezwriter69 says: Apr 22, 2011 9:05 PM

    So, no problem with Pac Man and Tank, not to mention Dez, and of course the ancient history with Jerry’s Kids, but this kid’s a no go? If Jerry won’t take him for character reasons, that IS a red flag, this kid HAS to be a complete bleep up… and anyone who thinks this is anyone’s decision OTHER than Jerry just disqualified themselves from consideration…

  18. thefiesty1 says: Apr 22, 2011 9:30 PM

    I’m sure they don’t. He actually played for a college that someone has actually heard of. He’s not the type of player that JJ likes. He only goes for unknowns from wherever.

  19. mnnightowl says: Apr 22, 2011 9:35 PM

    I was unsure before, but that settles it: Based on the Cowboys disliking him he’s obviously a can’t-miss prospect.

  20. jjared1101 says: Apr 22, 2011 10:10 PM

    So, no problem with Pac Man and Tank, not to mention Dez, and of course the ancient history with Jerry’s Kids, but this kid’s a no go? If Jerry won’t take him for character reasons, that IS a red flag, this kid HAS to be a complete bleep up… and anyone who thinks this is anyone’s decision OTHER than Jerry just disqualified themselves from consideration…

    —————–

    I know doing 1 minute of research is tough, but Tom Ciskowski took over as head of college and pro scouting for Jeff Ireland (now with Miami) when he left.

    So no, Jerry is not the only one with decisions and opinions in the draft scouting.

  21. RussianBreadMaker says: Apr 22, 2011 10:42 PM

    I’m sure it’s mutual.

  22. hobartbaker says: Apr 22, 2011 10:50 PM

    “Don’t pick up them there Auburn colored road apples, Sonny!”.

  23. 3octaveFart says: Apr 22, 2011 10:54 PM

    jjared1101 says: Apr 22, 2011 8:07 PM

    “Patriots- Brandon Merriweather
    Bengals- Chris Henry
    Pittsburgh- Ben Rothelisburger
    Titans- Kenny Britt”

    Let’s see who can name the one player on this list who was neither arrested or charged with any crime, ever.

  24. ugk612 says: Apr 22, 2011 11:57 PM

    Great! Now lets hope the first 11 teams pass on him in the first round, I know of a team that runs a 4-3 defense with the #12 pick that needs a dominate Dt.
    Go Vikes!!!!!!!!!

  25. lasher1650 says: Apr 23, 2011 12:15 AM

    While other team’s have obviously had players find themselves afoul of the law, no team has done so more spectacularly than the Cowboys under Jerry Jones:

    1. Pacman Jones
    2. Bryan McCann
    3. Terry Glenn
    4. Deon Anderson
    5. Anthony Spencer
    6. Peppi Zelner
    7. Nate Newton
    8. Michael Irvin
    9. Tank Johnson
    10. Quincy Carter
    11. Erik Williams
    12. Darren Hambrick

  26. cytofed says: Apr 23, 2011 12:38 AM

    Sounds like he may be this years version of Alan branch

  27. wtfchiefs says: Apr 23, 2011 1:01 AM

    The cowboys thnking someone is immature is like shannon sharpe saying someone cannot speak

  28. dccowboy says: Apr 23, 2011 8:36 AM

    Chris_M_Bach says: Apr 22, 2011 7:27 PM

    Mosley keeps talking about the brass there, etc.

    Let’s get real: Rob Ryan will pick the player. Stephen Jones and his picks are the reason the Cowboys were 21st in the NFL in points allowed in a division that had no playoff wins. Parcells had these guys 7th in the NFL when he left. I know who Ryan wants but I won’t say it because I want to win the Bud Light $11m draft contest! Ha ha ha!

    ==============

    Lol, are we playing ‘only the Owner’s son is responsible for the draft’ game?

    What a tool.

    Yeah, Bill Parcells had some sterling drafts in Dallas now didn’t he? Barbie Carpenter as a #1? Wanting to take Marcus Spears over DeMarcus Ware (and pouting like a 4 year old through the draft when Jerry overruled him)? Passing on Steven Jackson and taking Julius Jones instead?

    Of the players in the three drafts Parcells wass in Dallas for, there is exactly one starter, one, DeMarcus Ware and Parcells didn’t want to draft him. Who can forget the list of forgetable players like Jacon Rogers, USC tackle who turned out to be a coward, Bruce Thornton? Skyler Green?

    Parcells continued his masterful personnel drafting in Miami with Pat White and others.

  29. jjay9 says: Apr 23, 2011 9:51 AM

    How can white owners make negative comments about black players? The Cowboys are racist.

    That is the logic with negative comments about Cam “morally corrupt” Newton.

    Racist owners are what keep the black man out of the NFL.

  30. melonnhead says: Apr 23, 2011 10:40 AM

    Let’s see who can name the one player on this list who was neither arrested or charged with any crime, ever.

    —————————————————-

    Dez Bryant?

  31. melonnhead says: Apr 23, 2011 1:07 PM

    While other team’s have obviously had players find themselves afoul of the law, no team has done so more spectacularly than the Cowboys under Jerry Jones:

    1. Pacman Jones
    2. Bryan McCann
    3. Terry Glenn
    4. Deon Anderson
    5. Anthony Spencer
    6. Peppi Zelner
    7. Nate Newton
    8. Michael Irvin
    9. Tank Johnson
    10. Quincy Carter
    11. Erik Williams
    12. Darren Hambrick

    ———————————————-

    So easily debunked I won’t even exert the miniscule effort. Wait, yes I will.

    Eagles under Lurie:

    1 – Michael Vick
    2 – Donte Stallworth
    3 – Correll Buckhalter
    4 – King Dunlap
    5 – Jason Peters
    6 – Gerard Lawson
    7 – Terrence Carroll
    8 – Darrel Crutchfield
    9 – Mike Patterson
    10 – Timmy Chang
    11 – Dhani Jones
    12 – Freddie Mitchell
    13 – Antonio Freeman
    14 – Keyonta Marshall
    15 – Raheem Brock
    16 – Jeremy Bridges
    17 – Juqua Parker
    18 – Mark Ingram
    19 – Jevon Kearse
    20 – Sam Rayburn
    21 – Darion Conner

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