The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft took place on Thursday night, and the Detroit Lions walked away from it with some added weight. Specifically, they left with an additional 291 pounds, which is the weight of 13th overall pick Nick Fairley, a defensive tackle from Auburn.
As the first round was chugging along, it was becoming more and more evident that things were shaping up very well for the Lions. Lots of talent was remaining on the board as the picks got closer to Detroit, and once the Lions finally went on the clock they had their choice of Fairley, Robert Quinn, Prince Amukamara and many other talented players. In the end they opted to go with Fairley, making their defensive line quite possibly the most talented in all of the NFL.
With Fairley on board, the Lions have five picks left in the 2011 NFL Draft. Obviously that could change with a trade, but on day two they are scheduled to have the 44th and 75th overall selections. The 44th is a second-round pick and the 75th is in the third round.
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