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Team: Detroit Lions
Position: Defensive tackle
Weight: 291 lbs
This is another no brainer.
He's playing next to Ndamukong Suh in a 4-3 defense. For this reason alone he will be given every single chance to succeed and be great. There is no way that teams can double team both of those guys. Fairley being a rookie, will likely get a lot of one on one opportunities.
In college, he was at times unblockable. He took on double teams, stopped the run and disrupted teams' entire offenses. Late in the national title game against Oregon he took over the football field and shut down their offense entirely.
He is very big but has quick hands and feet. He is good at using his hands to create space and get by blockers. He is very crafty on the inside and finds ways to get through small holes and into the backfield.
At times he was projected as the No. 1 pick overall, but slid down the draft board. He came in slightly overweight but I didn't see his stock drop for a legitimate reason. If he gets his character issues under control he will be a force to be reckoned with.
Why will he succeed in the NFL?
He's playing next to Ndamukong Suh in a system that is perfect for him. He will have every chance to beat defenders one on one. He is big, fast, strong and very skilled with his hands. He has all the intangibles to be an elite inside pass rusher.