Lions give up next year’s 3, trade up for defensive tackle Gabe Wright

AP

The Lions lost defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in free agency, which made it a position they needed to address in the draft. Now they have.

Detroit traded into the fourth round by sending next year’s third-round pick to the Eagles. With Philadelphia’s fourth-round pick, No. 114 overall, the Lions took Gabe Wright, a defensive tackle from Auburn.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Wright is actually a lot like Fairley, and not just because they’re both defensive tackles who wore No. 90 at Auburn: Like Fairley, Wright as an explosive first step for a big man, but like Fairley he’s also plagued by questions about his consistency. Wright was a much better player as a junior in 2013 than he was as a senior in 2014.

Wright should get playing time as a rookie in a rotation that will also feature Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker.

15 responses to “Lions give up next year’s 3, trade up for defensive tackle Gabe Wright

  1. so let me get this straight we let Fairley walk in essence giving up a 1st rd pick to waste another 3rd rd pick next year to move up and pick up a less talented version of Fairley with the same question marks about his consistency /facepalm
    Only in Detroit

  2. After dealing with Fairley’s ups and downs for 4 years and then letting him walk by not tendering him another year, I doubt they would move up just to go and get the same guy. They’ve done their homework on him, and you can’t teach size… I think he’ll fit in well with Ngata, Walker, and Reid.

  3. no worries gerwinkle, the Vikings have kicked the lions and bears to the curb, and the lowly packers are next!!! GO VIKINGS!!!

  4. gerwinke1985 says:
    May 2, 2015 1:00 PM
    so let me get this straight we let Fairley walk in essence giving up a 1st rd pick to waste another 3rd rd pick next year to move up and pick up a less talented version of Fairley with the same question marks about his consistency /facepalm
    Only in Detroit
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    Everything you said is true—with the exception of adding, “at a fraction of the cost”.

  5. With a little talent and a little more effort on the field, this guy could be a poor man’s Nick Fairley

  6. On the one hand, as a Lions fan, I hope this year’s draft pans out. On the other hand, as a long time Lions fan, it is hard to have much faith in this regime and this draft isn’t helping build any trust. No argument with the first pick but after that? A rb with fumblitis when Tevin Coleman was available in the 2nd round and the possibility of Jeremy Langford in the 3 or 4. Trading next year’s three for a DT with questions in the 4th when there were DTs in the third without questions? The big question is who will be making the Lions’ 2016 draft picks if this thing sinks in 2015?

  7. Lions will get a 3rd round compensatory pick next year for Suh leaving BTW

  8. Suh lose gives the Lions a 3rd round comp pick next season and Fairley’s loss will most likely net them a 6th rounder (hopefully, Fairley explodes in STL and gets them a 5th). They also acquired a 2016 5th rounder from the Broncos.

    Overall, Gabe Wright had early 3rd round potential and they got him in the 4th round.

    So far, the Lions have acquired:

    Laken Tomlinson-OG
    Manny Ramirez (trade via draft)
    Ameer Abdullah-RB
    Alex Carter-CB
    Gabe Wright-DT
    2016 5th round pick

    -3 immediate impact players in Tomlinson, Manny, and Abdullah. 2 rotational players in Wright & Carter.

    B+ grade

  9. It’s a fraction of the cost, but what I’m concerned with is what fraction of the talent is he. From what I can find on him he lacks a motor after gaining penetration and is weak on run defense. Sure he penetrates the line with a burst off the line. But once he’s in the backfield he won’t be chasing anyone down. He all but disappeared last year after having a mediocre/decent 2013.

  10. Wright is considered a project. He’ll be a rotational backup on the Lions DL. He’s got great strength and an strong initial burst, but he lacks the speed to pursue. He’s good when he’s plugging a hole in the DL for a run, and he can do a basic pass rush, but he won’t be chasing anyone down.

    The big question is whether he has Fairley’s character flaws – poor decision making off the field and lack of motivation as a professional

    Fairley’s maturity level (as a person) is highly suspect. In a contract season, he had to be benched in order to get him to get off his butt and start working harder. He managed to dodge the bullets in court (arrests for marijuana possession and getting into a high speed pursuit with Alabama troopers when he was drunk), but his intellectual capacity and decision making are highly suspect.

    On paper, Wright appears to be smarter than Fairley. The question is whether he’s willing to put in the work necessary to be a full-time NFL starter.

  11. I know gabe personally, he’s a great guy, will give good effort and will be a productive player after he gets acclimated to the nfl game. I was hoping the bucs would get him but the lion fans will be happy in a year or so. Good luck Gabe, welcome to the NFL. Knew you would make it.

  12. It’s a fraction of the cost, but what I’m concerned with is what fraction of the talent is he. From what I can find on him he lacks a motor after gaining penetration and is weak on run defense.
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    What did Nick Fairley do for the Lions the last 8 games last season??? How many tackles or sacks did he have in Green bay when the Lions needed a win to win their division??? oh yea….0…big fat 0. He didn’t play as he was injured, just like every year he played for the Lions, he NEVER played 16 games. How much money do you pay a guy like that? 5 mil + per year??? no thanks. You need to get a clue. Why did he all of a sudden get in such great shape when free agency opened??? Nick Fairley is a BUM. Bum gets 5 mil, Gabe Wright will make 500k max. Nice going Lions.

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