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2011 NFL Draft: Mizzou QB Blaine Gabbert's Top Pick Competition Is Auburn DT Nick Fairley

We know Missouri Tigers QB Blaine Gabbert is viewed as a possible candidate for the top overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Gabbert is one of a few quarterbacks vying for the top spot following Stanford QB Andrew Luck's decision to stay in school.

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Who else could be the top pick? One name is Auburn DT Nick Fairley.

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Talented defensive tackles are rare and with the success of a guy like Lions DT Ndamukong Suh last year I could see Fairley taking the top spot.

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In an early poll at SB Nation's Mocking The Draft, 38 percent of readers think he'll be the top pick.

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Realistically, we won't know who is competing for the top overall spot until the NFL Combine and other workouts occur.