Found June 20, 2012 on isportsweb.com:
PLAYERS: Cliff Avril
TEAMS: Detroit Lions
When Detroit Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew was asked about outstanding performers this offseason, Lions fans may have expected the names Fairley and Best. After all, Nick and Jahvid were first-round picks.  However, the third player Mayhew listed was much less expected.  Third-year defensive end Willie Young rounded out Mayhew’s honor roll, making Detroit’s front line even more formidable. Young made a splash as a second-year player last season, showing great speed and burst as a pass-rusher in the situational snaps he saw.  Young tallied 14 tackles and three sacks, including the game-clinching one against the Cowboys with under a minute left. Fast Willie is down ten pounds from last year, and has shown improved speed and explosiveness so far in camp according to Mayhew. Then again, never underestimate the political side of football. While Young may be dazzling so far this offseason, don’t forget that Detroit’s star defensive end Cliff Avril hasn’t been working out with the te...
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