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    Cris Collinsworth

    Former Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals and Emmy-winning analyst from Sunday Night Football and Inside the NFL.
    Dave Lapham
    Has called game for the Bengals radio network for 25 years. Analyst for Big 12 games on Fox Sports Net. Played 10 years in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals.
    Turk Schonert
    NFL quarterback for 10 years with the Bengals and Falcons. Has served as quarterback coach for the Buccaneers, Bills, Panthers, Giants and Saints and Offensive Coordinator for the Bills.
    Phil McConkey
    Played 6 years in the NFL as a WR, punt returner and kick returner for the Giants, Packers, Cardinals and Chargers. Played college football at the Naval Academy and served in the U.S. Navy before joining the NFL. Best remembered for his oustanding game in Super Bowl XXI.
    Josina Anderson
    Josina "JoJo" Anderson is contributing reporter on Showtime's Inside the NFL and is a weekend co-anchor/reporter/producer for FOX 31 Sports in Denver, Colorado. Josina produces the nightly sportscasts and covers the Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, and the Colorado Rockies.
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    NFL Draft Expert, has published the acclaimed Drugstore List since 1978.
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  • Interview with Nick Fairley


    Comments 13 Comments
    1. Dave Lapham's Avatar
      After watching game tape and listening to the interview with Josina, I am totally convinced Fairley can't hold Suh's jock strap or even the jock strap of Gerald McCoy. I am talking about on and off the field. There is no interior DL in either of their class this year, but there is more depth at the position than in last year's draft.
    1. StarvinMarvin's Avatar
      Looks like all the interior DLmen are pulling a Brady Quinn as far as draft position goes. It seems to we, the unwashed masses, that virtually ALL positions are regarded as deep but lacking true "must have" picks. I would think this is a good thing to teams intending on blowing up their rosters. Sadly, with the CBA, the amount of time to get the picks in camp and used to the NFL is in question.
    1. darvon's Avatar
      Someone with the initials CC put Fairley #2 on his Big Board.
    1. Colts01's Avatar
      Wow that was some great work to keep that interview interesting Josina,while not quite as down on him as some I have to respect Dave's views,this guy seems like a total boom or bust.
    1. jwill5587's Avatar
      I'm a college football junkie so I watched every Auburn game last year. I don't have a problem with a lot of players that people would call "dirty" (I loved the way Rodney Harrison played) but this guy crossed the line in my opinion. In the Georgia game there were two instances where he tried to use his helmet as a weapon on the QB. The first time he speared him in the back and the second he took a shot at his knees and then celebrated afterwards. Don't think I wanna give this guy 1st round money.
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      Andy said it best, last year's top picks would be this year's top picks in this draft too. But, they are not there, so somebody has to go number one. I will make another admission, I liked the chippy play from Fairley. You need an edge to your defense. James Harrison certainly sets the tone for the Steelers.
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Hey everybody. I have to say, I can't wait to see how all of these prospects pan out on the field. There is so much back and forth discussion on all of them and I can't wait to see what time reveals. I'm ready to separate the pretenders from the contenders. That said, I was locked in an edit bay cave for 2-3 days and I still can't all the way see right now. Are you guys there??? LOL
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      Tell your station thanks for letting us share your great work. It really helps for opinions on these guys to see them interviewed. Will Denver take him?
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      You didn't answer the most important question Jo-Jo: was his smile "genuine"? That seems to be important this year for some reason...

      I like that you aren't letting these young guys off the hook with softball questions. I noticed Fairley did a pretty good job of not letting the criticism make him angry or defensive.
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      One thing I know since I have been covering the Broncos is that their drafts are always unpredictable. We've seen them pass up defense when they need offense at times, pass up superior talent for the unforeseen pick, and get a quarterback in the first round whom most others said should not have been drafted there.

      Over the next week or so I will consult with some folks up here as the team wraps up their 30 prospect visits for closer feedback.

      I think Denver will consider the defensive aspects that Fairley brings that their unit is missing (alpha qualities), but I also know there are some guys they already believe in on the squad that some folks up here think they are overlooking.

      Last year we thought Dez and they went Demaryius. Did Denver make the right choice? Demaryius just needs to get healthy to show what he can do, but his foot and Achilles have just been troublesome.

      So I'll get back to you guys. Still gathering.

      Love ya Cris.
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by msclemons View Post
      You didn't answer the most important question Jo-Jo: was his smile "genuine"? That seems to be important this year for some reason...

      I like that you aren't letting these young guys off the hook with softball questions. I noticed Fairley did a pretty good job of not letting the criticism make him angry or defensive.
      I completely agree. I believe that Nick did a great job of remaining affable throughout the interview and maintaining a positive disposition. I love getting to know these guys before the draft in an interview setting because I believe the human connection is the X-factor. Some are better at interviewing than others, but certainly that is not the total picture.
      At the end of the day interaction is what would determine my gut instinct on a player. You can pick up on a person's spirit and the path of their future.
      I get the sense Fairley respects his family and his mother which tells me something. That's not to say these young men won't make any mistakes through maturity, but at the end of the day you have to judge who you want in your fox hole and who will help you win. I understand Nick and Cam have areas where they are still raw, but for any of these players I'm trying to keep my eye on the long term. I'm looking at upside, potential, and who can stay grounded. I really feel like until I see them on the field, sideline level, I can't get my best read. So many things stand out in training camp, but even then I need to see who handles the rigors of an NFL game and the mental pressures that come with that better as well.
      I'm still making my mind up on who the Broncos should pick. Trying to talk to everyone, but I know Fairley's smile is not fake...LOL!
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Dave Lapham View Post
      After watching game tape and listening to the interview with Josina, I am totally convinced Fairley can't hold Suh's jock strap or even the jock strap of Gerald McCoy. I am talking about on and off the field. There is no interior DL in either of their class this year, but there is more depth at the position than in last year's draft.
      Nick is not the brightest bulb in the light store.
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      Ha Clem! I just noticed the Eye Rolling emoticon. I honestly feel like Fairley is going to have some Good moments in the League but I'm still unsure of him. My gut says he'll be a nice guy and will show up to work but to excel and help his team and be an X Factor like at Auburn------that could be another story. Still, Best Wishes to him. I like his humble background and demeanor. In a Good way it reminds me of Huckleberry Hound.