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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.

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33 Responses to “Lions get another defensive tackle, Nick Fairley”
  1. gosuhgo says: Apr 28, 2011 9:27 PM

    Im not sure how I feel about passing on prince but dline in football?

  2. dequan81 says: Apr 28, 2011 9:28 PM

    This move just made the Lions a threat in the NFC North. Dangerous move, but it’s definitely sent a message to the NFCN.

  3. paulieorkid says: Apr 28, 2011 9:28 PM

    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.

  4. txchief says: Apr 28, 2011 9:29 PM

    Hopefully, Suh will keep him motivated.

  5. iabearsfan says: Apr 28, 2011 9:29 PM

    detroit may be putting together the best d-line in the nfl.

  6. imkmb says: Apr 28, 2011 9:31 PM

    I like it

  7. chin35char says: Apr 28, 2011 9:32 PM

    I am happy with the pick! Best Player Available for sure. Can’t argue with that defensive line!

  8. weneedlinemen42 says: Apr 28, 2011 9:32 PM

    Lions d-line is going to be pretty scary.

  9. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 28, 2011 9:32 PM

    Suh and Fairley. Wow!

    I pity the interior linemen in the NFC North.

  10. tr975 says: Apr 28, 2011 9:32 PM

    Might it be possible that they put Fairley at DE and have a D-line of Vanden Bosch, Suh, Williams and Fairley?

  11. sdboltaction says: Apr 28, 2011 9:33 PM

    Can’t wait to watch some Lion defense!

  12. mrf47 says: Apr 28, 2011 9:33 PM

    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.

  13. enrgy2burn says: Apr 28, 2011 9:34 PM

    the lions could have the makings of a dominant d line!

  14. 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.

  15. forsalebyjeff says: Apr 28, 2011 9:36 PM

    worth the risk, that D-Line could be amazing…

  16. canadianvikingfaniii says: Apr 28, 2011 9:37 PM

    The NFC North QBs are screwed, Cutler already announced his retirement. That Detroit D-Line is ridiculous.

  17. assklown says: Apr 28, 2011 9:39 PM

    DTs are the new WRs for the Lions.

  18. chazk100 says: Apr 28, 2011 9:39 PM

    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.

  19. angelosucks says: Apr 28, 2011 9:40 PM

    Jerry Angelo just peed a little.

  20. tedskro says: Apr 28, 2011 9:41 PM

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

  21. tokyolionsfan says: Apr 28, 2011 9:52 PM

    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.

  22. couldntthinkofaname says: Apr 28, 2011 9:55 PM

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

  23. thefiesty1 says: Apr 28, 2011 9:58 PM

    That’ll keep Stafford healthy.

  24. pervyharvin says: Apr 28, 2011 10:03 PM

    I call it like it is. That d line could be devastating.

  25. rudedog36 says: Apr 28, 2011 10:09 PM

    fairley sure he’s gona be a bust.

  26. foreveralion says: Apr 28, 2011 10:26 PM

    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.

  27. Deb says: Apr 28, 2011 10:36 PM

    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.

  28. goombar2 says: Apr 29, 2011 12:41 AM

    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.

  29. dwhitehurst says: Apr 29, 2011 1:44 AM

    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…

  30. CKL says: Apr 29, 2011 2:03 AM

    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.

  31. jmacphee9 says: Apr 29, 2011 2:23 AM

    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.

  32. gerryf19 says: Apr 29, 2011 8:06 AM

    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?

  33. liontomyself says: Apr 29, 2011 12:19 PM

    Fairly, Corey Williams, Suh, Hill = no rest / break for the OL.

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