Lions get another defensive tackle, Nick Fairley

For the second year in a row, the Detroit Lions have beefed up their defensive line with their first-round draft pick.

Last year it was Ndamukong Suh, who became the defensive rookie of the year. This year it’s Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who like Suh was a great college player.

The question about Fairley is whether he was too much of a one-year wonder in college, and whether his work ethic is an issue.

But there’s no question at all that the Detroit Lions have a talented defensive line.

33 responses to “Lions get another defensive tackle, Nick Fairley

  1. With the leadership of Suh and Vandenbosch, Fairley probably couldn’t have went to a better situation. They won’t tolerate taking plays off – like the Redskins did for a period with Haynesworth.

  2. Either Detroit is going to draft a DT in the 1st round every year for the next 10 years, or they’ve actually got a competent front office.

  3. Albert Haynesworth and success is because of Jim Schwartz . Nick Fairly and success will be because of Schwartz as well.

  4. I’m fairley suh-tain this will help the Lions get back to the playoffs.

    It also means Andre Fluellen is available, if you need him.

  5. Literally cheating what the Lions have put together on the DLine they will have the best DLine in the league

  6. Skeptical…would’ve preferred OT or CB. Must not have thought Prince was worth it. Wonder if they target Jimmy Smith in Rd 2? I trust that Mayhew and team think they can get real help at late round picks, but their two previous drafts would suggest no.

  7. Man, Matt Stafford’s going to be cheering this d-line…..from his hospital bed.

  8. I’m torn with regards to my feelings for this. I had my heart set on Prince, but Fairly has top 5 talent. I’m just glad we didn’t take Bowers. Cutler’s knee might start hurting again when it comes time to face this dline. We need a CB in free agency or 2nd round now, though.

  9. Fairley is a beast. Needs to work on his discipline–especially on technique. Tends to make a lot of fouls that will draw flags in the NFL. But paired with Suh … WOW!

    @dequan81 …

    You mean this will make the Lions a bigger threat in the NFC North. They were already a threat. The “Black and Blue Division” will be living up to its reputation.

  10. I dunno, on paper it seems smart, but…

    No Oline help? Why did they ever draft a franchise QB? No DB help?

    This DL will work against the vikes, but against the bears and Pack? bears drafted an O-lineman and so did the Pack… The pick might turn out to be a wash against division opponents.

  11. When I saw who your Lions picked, all I could think was “Oh sh*t!”, as I remembered the horror of last season when Suh single-handedly rag-dolled my Packer’s OLine.

    Grats to you Lions fans. You’re team is on the rise no doubt, and you may now have the best DLine in football. I do not relish watching our finesse OLine having to face you guys twice next year…At best, I’m not even thinking a win, just hoping Rodgers somehow survives concussion free after playing your Lions…

  12. jeremyb91 says: Apr 28, 2011 9:35 PM

    Albert Haynesworth and success is because of Jim Schwartz . Nick Fairly and success will be because of Schwartz as well.
    Truth. And Fairley’s old DL coach passed on him to boot. Schwartz is probably one of a handful of coaches who can deal with this dude.

  13. in my opinion detroit only made this pick knowing how much of an influence KVB has over his locker room. they wouldnt risk taking a lazy player without him there. Fairly is obviously an absolute beast when he wants to be, and deserving of a top 5 pick in my opinion, lucky for the lions they got him where they did.

  14. How good will Fairly be? Think about it…with Suh there he will never see a double team…dang. another DT is not what the lions needed, but the lions decided rather than go with a good d-line and ok secondary, they wanted a great d-line. And how good does a secondary need to be when the QB is running for his life?

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