What A Break for the Lions

     In some ways it's a unique NFL draft.  The players may not play this coming season with no labor deal in place, at least yet.  On the other hand it's typical.  All of those so called experts missed by a mile as usual on who the Detroit Lions and many other teams would end up choosing in the first round.  But it's the Lions who seem to get a lot of credit today for stumbling into Auburn defensive lineman Nick Fairley with the 13th pick.  Fairley had some "character issues" during his interview process and whatever it was it helped him fall to the Lions' pick.  I saw him dominate Oregon in the national championship game and if he plays that well for the Lions he'll be a terrific addition.

     Maybe the Lions are actually getting better players.  Now they need offensive linemen and cornerbacks and another running back so there's plenty of work left to be done relative to the picks they have remaining but it appears to me that Suh and Fairley on the front will give the Lions some defensive credibility and the Auburn star should help keep Detroit in plenty of games right from the start.  Whenever that happens to be!

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