In their latest 2001 NFL mock draft, WalterFootball.com has the Carolina Panthers selecting Auburn defensive lineman Nick Fairley with the top pick, and the New Orleans Saints selecting Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt with pick #24. View the mock draft, below.
Auburn Defensive tackle Nick Fairley (90)
1)—Carolina Panthers—Nick Fairley—DT—Auburn
With Andrew Luck going back to school, this pick is now down to three players: A.J. Green, Da’Quan Bowers and Nick Fairley. Mel Kiper (along with everyone else in the mock draft database) slated Fairley to the Panthers, while Sun Tan Man has Bowers has No. 1.
I can’t agree with the latter. First of all, Bowers fills the lesser of the three needs between wide receiver, defensive tackle and defensive end. And second, Bowers is an athletic freak who posted great numbers this year, but he has some really bad tape and one has to wonder why he didn’t produce in his first two years at Clemson.