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Nick Fairley was considered a risk by some, but the Lions stole him at 13.
When you get a player who was the leading candidate to be the top overall pick a few months ago outside the top 10, that's generally good value. Considering the fact that Fairley will be playing next to last year's top overall pick Ndamukong Suh on the inside of Detroit's defensive line, it turns into amazing value.
Like many, I thought it was imperative for Detroit to address the left tackle or cornerback position with their first-round pick, drafting either Tyron Smith, Anthony Costanzo or Prince Amukamara. With that said, it's difficult to knock the Lions taking Fairley.
His bust potential will be minimized playing alongside Suh as he will avoid double teams and be able to use his athleticism to wreak havoc in opposing backfields and if he reaches his full potential, the Lions could have two of the five best defensive tackles in football within a few seasons.
Titus Young and Mikel Leshoure were good picks at 44 and 57, respectively. Young has the speed to stretch the field and should help the diminutive Nate Burleson take pressure off of Calvin Johnson and while I think a player like Brandon Harris may have been a better pick in terms of team need, Young was still a good pick.
Leshoure is what Jahvid Best isn't; big and powerful. This pick likely signals Kevin Smith's departure from the Motor City but both Leshoure and Best should allow the other to maximize their individual skill sets. Harris was also available at this spot but again, I'm not going to argue with Detroit taking arguably my favorite running back in this draft.