Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 5/29/12
Could this be another in a line of draft busts, as Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley has been arrested twice in the past 54 days for violations, April 3rd for marijuana possession and now May 27th for DUI?  He may not be at the level of QB’s Ryan Leaf (San Diego #2 overall), JaMarcus Russell (Oakland #1 Overall) or OL Tony Mandarich (Green Bay # Overall), but after the 2011 season where he was projected as a top three pick, he has seen his stock start to free fall ever since. Fairley, the 2010 Lombardi trophy winner for the top college defensive lineman or linebacker completed his junior year with a mammoth game vs. Oregon in Auburn’s victory in the BCS Championship.  He finished with five tackles, three behind the line of scrimmage, one sack and forced fumble, earning defensive player of the game award.  Many projected him to be a top pick along with QB’s teammate Cam Newton and Stanford Andrew Luck (who would later come back for redshirt Jr. year), but when the measurements and results at the NFL combine came back, his stock dropped into the 8-12 range.  The Lions were surprised to see him available at pick #13, and they jumped on it.  The Lions felt that Fairley could learn from now second year All-Pro and Defensive Rookie of the Year Ndamukong Suh in their base 4-3 defense and allow defensive ends Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch to get pressure on the QB.  The results did pay off for the team as Avril and Vanden Bosch had 11.0 and 8.0 sacks this past season, and Fairley learned as he had 15 tackles and 1.0 sack and one tackle for a loss.  He had hoped to challenge incumbent Corey Williams for the other DT spot until he got into his legal issues. Fairley now needs to concentrate on a ways to correct this new behavior.  He will definitely be visiting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office in the very near future and the likelihood he will penalized, which should include some number of games suspension (I am guessing 2 games based on  his track record and the last handed out to Raven’s CB Cary Williams).  The question remaining that the league and the Lions will want to see is how Fairley handles the penalty and then going forward.  Will he be someone who is young and made two stupid mistakes close together and will correct the behavior going forward, or will he be the second coming of Adam “PacMan” Jones or Albert Haynesworth and turn into a punch line. For his sake, I hope it is the latter. Related articles Oakland Raiders Have Yet to Sign 2012 NFL Draft Picks (60maxpowero.com) New York Giants Wide Receivers: Looking at Bright Side of Hakeem Nicks' Injury (60maxpowero.com) Cowboys Ranked #14 in Future Power Rankings (60maxpowero.com) New York Giants will visit White House on Friday, June 8th (60maxpowero.com) Kellen Winslow and competition (60maxpowero.com) var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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