NFL Draft 2011: Detroit Lions' Defensive Line Is Best in NFC With Nick Fairley

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NFL Draft 2011: Detroit Lions' Defensive Line Is Best in NFC With Nick Fairley
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Lions 2011 first-round draft pick Nick Fairley

Championships are won in the trenches. Control the line of scrimmage, and you control the game.  

Last year the Detroit Lions drafted Nebraska standout defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with the second pick in the entire draft.  This pick was a shock to nobody, as the Lions badly needed an injection of talent to their defensive line.

All Suh did in 2010 was make 66 tackles and register 10 sacks en route to winning both AP and Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year.  Oh yeah, and he also went to the Pro Bowl.

When Nick Fairley started sliding down the draft board, Lion fans everywhere looked at each other in nervous anticipation.  Could this be really be happening?   Is the most dominant defensive lineman in the entire draft really going to fall to 13th?  Is the rest of the league going to dare the Lions to select him?

It was widely believe the Lions would attempt to trade down in the draft rather than draft a cornerback other than Patrick Peterson.  But could General Manager Martin Mayhew pass up on a chance to draft another one-man wrecking crew in Fairley?

The answer was no—even hell no—because the decision was that much of a no-brainer.  The reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year and consensus All-American was going to be a Detroit Lion.

Let's take a look at why Detroit will have the NFC's best defensive line in 2011.

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