Tigers In New York for Draft Festivities

A pair of Tigers who are expected to be NFL first round draft picks participated in pre-draft activities in New York.

New York--A pair of players from Auburn's national championship football team participated in ceremonies on Wednesday in New York City with 23 other college stars who are invited guests of the National Football League as players expected to selected early in the league's 2011 draft.

Quarterback Cam Newton, the 2010 SEC Player of the Year, and defensive tackle Nick Fairley, the 2010 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, are expected to hear their names called not long after the draft begins at 7 p.m. CDT on Thursday with TV coverage on the NFL Network and ESPN.

Fairley and Newton participated in a youth football clinic on Wednesday and plan to visit patients at the Mount Sinai Medical Center Kravis Children's Hospital on Thursday morning.

"It's been a great experience for me," Fairley said. "We took a photo on top of the (Radio City Music Hall) building. That was pretty sweet."

Nick Fairley poses in front of Radio City Music Hall.

Fairley said he also enjoyed being a part of the closing bell ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday afternoon. "It was crazy," the Lombardi Trophy winner said.

Fairley is expected to be either the first or second defensive lineman drafted on Thursday.

Newton is expected to be the first quarterback selected and could be the first Auburn player chosen No. 1 in the NFL Draft since Aundray Bruce was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in 1988.

The last year Auburn had multiple first-round draft picks was in 2005 when running back Ronnie Brown was the second overall pick to the Miami Dolphins, running back Carnell Williams was the fifth pick to the Tampa Bay Bucs and cornerback Carlos Rogers was the ninth pick to the Washington Redskins, who also chose quarterback Jason Campbell with the 25th pick in the first round.

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