With the 13th pick in the 2011 NFL draft the Detroit Lions select DT Nick Fairley(Auburn) . The Lions took the best player still left regardless of position. Just think of Fairley lining up next to Ndamukong Suh and Kyle Vanden Bosch along the defensive line. The Lions have one of the better defensive lines in the league now they just need help in the secondary. Fairley was once considered the best prospect in the draft, but with an average combine and some work ethic issues he is dropping. If you watched any Auburn game this fall you really saw the force Fairley can be
You’d be hard pressed to find a more dominant interior defensive player in all of college football last year than Nick Fairley. The Auburn defensive tackle lined up against some very talented offensive lines in the SEC and was able to consistently make his presence felt. The problem is, Fairley only showed this kind of dominance in one year, which lead many to question if he is a ‘one year wonder.’ When you put on the film, Fairley pops right off the screen with his play. He consistently pressures the quarterback and set up shop in the backfield of just about every team he faced. It’s rare to find someone that is as big as Fairley that displays this much quickness on tape. The talent is certainly there but the combination of only one year of production and character concerns bumps Fairley a bit on the big board. However, all signs point to Fairley being a top 10 pick in this year’s draft.