Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 5/24/13
The great thing about the NFL is that there are so many positions that every year, there is almost always at least one player who has a breakout year on every team, no matter how good or bad the team is. This is one part in a 32 part segment detailing one potential breakout player for the 2013 NFL season on each NFL team (rookies don’t count). For the Detroit Lions, that player is defensive tackle Nick Fairley. After a huge 2010 season for National Champion Auburn, in which he had 24 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks from the defensive tackle spot, Nick Fairley became an early candidate for the #1 pick. Though he eventually fell on draft day because of concerns about his motor and scheme versatility, Fairley ended up in one of the best possible situations, going 13th to Detroit. His pass rush ability made him a natural fit for Detroit’s wide nine scheme and with proven pass rushers such as Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril accompanying him on the line, there wouldn’t be a ton of pressure ...
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