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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Nick Fairley To Panthers, Derek Sherrod To Falcons

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Mocking The Draft’s weekly SB Nation mock draft is really starting to take shape, with all NFL Draft-declaring underclassmen now on the books and 28 of 32 draft slots arranged. This weekend featured both the deadline for early entrants and four NFL playoff games, so now we have a much clearer picture.

MTD has Auburn Tigers DT Nick Fairley going No. 1 to the Carolina Panthers, an unwelcome development for Atlanta Falcons fans and Georgia Bulldogs fans alike. Fairley isn’t quite Ndamukong Suh, but he’s the closest thing to it in this year’s draft.

The guys have Mississippi St. Bulldogs OT Derek Sherrod going to the Falcons at No. 27, a shift from last week’s focus on offensive weaponry to the basics and essentials. A shocking loss in which the Falcons were simply outmanned and outgunned can do that to your perspective.

Elsewhere around the NFC South the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get Wisconsin Badgers OT Gabe Carimi at No. 20, a player I really wish would slip to No. 27, and the New Orleans Saints get Illinois Fighting Illini RB Mikel Leshoure at No. 24.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.