The lockout meant no free agency as usual in March. Fortunately, football fans still had the draft to look forward to in April. Nick Fairley became the improbable first round pick, although he did make a visit to the Lions facility late in the draft process so it is obvious the Lions thought the possibility of him falling to them at pick 13 was realistic.
The Lions finished their 2011 draft class with Doug Hogue and Johnny Culbreath.
April was also the month when we learned that the Detroit Lions would host a Monday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears in week five. Of course, the ongoing lockout threatened the reality of that game taking place but it was a sign of respect from the league and its television partners.