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Nick Fairley Confident About NFL Draft Standing As Thursday Approaches

Auburn Tigers DT Nick Fairley has seen his 2011 NFL mock draft standing slip from No. 1 overall to not mentioned (in the top 10) at all, but he doesn't seem too worried about where he'll end up when general managers start turning in cards. In a radio interview with 790 The Zone's Two Live Stews, Fairley talked NFL lockout, Cam Newton, and going to Radio City Music Hall.

Transcript, via our associates at Sports Radio Interviews:

Are you nervous about the draft? How are you feeling these days?

"Oh man I'm feeling good man. You know I'm doing the best I can to put myself in the best position, so it's out of my hands. Now I gotta wait the next few days so."

Are you paying attention to the draft experts?

"Not really man. It's just motivation you know hopefully we have a season next year, so I can start my NFL career. I just gotta fill my role."

Are you going to the NFL draft on Thursday?

"I'm gonna go."

Was it a tough decision to go into the NFL draft with the lockout on the horizon at the time when you decided to enter?

"I really... you know the draft is pretty much my dream growing up when I was little, playing football starting when I was eight, so really it's just going to be a great experience for me, so my mom and my dad, my parents, they wanted to go, so I say why not? Let's go. It's great experience and [we] might as well enjoy it.

Do you think Cam Newton will be a Pro Bowl type quarterback in the NFL?

"No doubt. Cam [Newton] will be an amazing quarterback. He'll be a great quarterback at the next level. Whoever drafts him is going to get a great quarterback in Cam. He's very humble. He's very competitive, so whoever drafts Cam is going to get a great quarterback."

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