Detroit got "lucky" when Fairly fell to them in 2011.
Every year, players slide on draft day. There are hundreds of reasons why, but what matters is a team that thought it had no shot suddenly has the opportunity to pull the trigger on a player who may have huge upside and huge risk.
Here are five players whom the Detroit Lions would love to see available in the first through fourth rounds. If we know one thing about the draft, it's that weird things happen.
He reminds me of Kyle Vanden Bosch. He is solid against the run and the pass and would be a great addition to the defensive line, especially if the Lions address offensive line or corner in the first round.
These guys aren't sliding because of questions about their abilities or ceiling. However, a few scenarios are floating around the Internet that have one of these guys available when the Lions pick at No. 5.
The Lions need another offensive lineman this year year with the losses of Gosder Cherilus to free agency, Stephen Peterman to a roster cut and Jeff Backus to retirement. Getting either of these high-ceiling, high-talent players would be a draft dream come true.
Keenan Allen is probably not going to be available at the beginning of the third round; there is a good chance he won't even be available at the beginning of the second round. However, if he were available at the beginning of the third, the Lions would be ecstatic to add him to their roster.
Injuries and a slow 40 time have pushed him down draft boards, but Allen has a lot of talent and it would not be surprising to see a team trade back into the second round to grab him if he starts sliding.
Various mock drafts have projected Long anywhere from late first round to fifth round. Long has an NFL bloodline and seems to have his life on track. If the Lions use their top two picks on defense, then they would love to grab a player like Long who could start at guard immediately and may develop into a right tackle.
Le'Veon Bell has been called one of the best running backs in the draft class and has also been ranked in the middle of the pack. Bell is a big, versatile back who is able to contribute in all facets of the game.
The Lions have some depth at running back, but I think adding Bell as a third back (competing with Joique Bell) would be a smart move. The Lions would be fortunate if Bell is available at the end of the fourth round.