Yes, it is true according to detroitlions.com. Nick Fairley, who will most likely be a top pick in the draft next week, visited the Detroit Lions today. I find it very interesting that the Lions hosted Fairley. Fairley was amazing for the Auburn Tigers this year and led them to the the National Championship. He and Alabama’s Marcell Dareus are by far the two best DTs in the draft this year.
I know Fairley has a tendency to take plays off and has a questionable work ethic but do the Lions really think he will fall that far? Are the Lions planning to trade up and try to pick him? I hope the answer to that question is no. The Lions have bigger priorities besides Defensive Tackle. The Lions don’t need an upgrade at DT at all, Suh was the Defensive Rookie of the Year and Corey Williams caused havoc this year. Maybe he could play Defensive End but even if Fairley fell to the 13th pick, I don’t believe the Lions need to select him.
Fairley via DetroitLions.com:
I’m feeling great here because the defensive scheme is kind of similar to what I played at Auburn: rush the passer, go right to the ball. The way he (Kocurek) talks about the guys that he has in the room, as far as the d-linemen, I think it would be a great fit to come in as a rookie and be under those guys’ wings. With how they took (Ndamukong) Suh in last year, how Suh produced and everything, I think it would be a good place to be developed.
At the collegiate level, I feel that I did everything I could with Auburn, winning the National Championship, being defensive player of the year in the SEC, winning the Lombardi and everything. I think I accomplished a lot throughout my two years there and I was just ready to take my skills to the next level.
I do not understand. Besides Fairley, Pittsburgh WR Jonathan Baldwin visited the Lions today also. Baldwin is considered to be the third-best receiver in the draft and could be a nice pick up in the second round. Here is a scouting report on him.