2011 NFL Draft Results: Detroit Lions Go D-Line 2 Years Running

Michael MrockCorrespondent IApril 29, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  Nick Fairley, #13 overall pick by the Detriot Lions, holds up a jersey during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The Lions drafting Nick Fairley was a shocker. They already have Ndamukong Suh from last year.  They also have Sammie Hill and Corey Williams at the tackle position. Nick Fairley is a force at the position. He was the main reason, at least on defense, why Auburn won the National Title. However, the question to pose is, do the Lions need him?

Prince Amukamara was still on the board and they need a corner of his skill. Ryan Kerrigan and Robert Quinn were available, as they do need another defensive end to bookend with Kyle Vanden Bosch. With the exception of Tyron Smith, the rest of the favored offensive linemen to go in the first round were all available.

Yet they went with the best player available, a new strategy that we're still getting used to in Detroit.  Sure, the Lions were probably locked on the Prince, but when Nick Fairley is there...well, what else would you do?

They didn't draft a quarterback, wide receiver or running back to lessen the workload of cardiac specialists in the Detroit area. This is a good thing when considering the Tigers got swept by the Mariners and the Red Wings start their second-round series against the Sharks on Friday night.

However, this pickup does seem strange. Fairley did not seem overjoyed like everyone else initially did when they got the phone call. But no one really knows what was said on the phone call. In truth, he could be good at holding in his emotions. 

But when considering that the defensive line will be Vanden Bosch, Suh, Fairley and possibly Cliff Avril, the Lions are on the right track with the line. However, they still need a cornerback, linebacker and an offensive lineman.

True, they may have just made the next Steel Curtain-style defensive line, but even the Steelers needed these other position players to win four Super Bowls. The Lions need to take a serious look at these next rounds of picks to not just pick the best player available but the best player available at cornerback, linebacker and offensive line.