"This past year, he just explodes on the scene," McShay said. "Why is he just a one-year wonder? Is he going to work? You hear a lot of different things but ultimately everything comes back to whether he's consistently working and doing the right things off the field and whether he's going to take care of his body, show up on time, be responsible, be a leader on the defense to be a top overall pick or top 3."
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said there are questions about Fairley's work ethic _ "he takes more plays off than your average defensive tackle" _ and the fierce pass rusher's ability against the run.