IDPwithBEE ON THE RISE: NICK FAIRLEY
As I continue with my on the rise series, I take a look at a player who completely dominated in college and was highly regarded as a top pick in 2011; questions about his work ethic and scheme fit then came into play in which dropped him to a team that fit him perfectly, the Detroit Lions and their wide 9 base. I’m talking about rising star at Defensive Tackle; Nick Fairley. Off field issues and injuries derailed his rookie campaign in which folks were saying he’s a bust; forward to the 2012 season and the NFL has finally seen a glimpse of how scary Fairley can and will be.
The Lions have lost a lot on the defensive front with the likes of Cliff Avril, Lawrence Jackson and Kyle Vanden Bosch and replaced them with FA signee Jason Jones (who can play both DE and DT) and drafted raw but a freak of an athlete Ezekiel Ansah in the draft this past April. With that being said Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh have to become the young leaders of the squad, the front line, they’ll have to lead vocally and by actions. Fairley and Suh arguably form the best tackle tandem in the league and it’s hard to argue that (Atkins and Peko have something to say about that in Cincinnati).
If Fairley can keep his head on straight and stay focused for an entire season we’re looking at an All-Pro defensive linemen and incredible numbers. He’s already put a target on his back entering the 2013 season when he said He and Suh is the best tackle tandem in the NFL. Entering his third season and seems more comfortable than ever we’re in line to see the dominant Fairley we’ve seen at Auburn; you know the one who had 24 TFL and 11.5 QB Sacks. I wouldn’t be surprised if Fairley out-produced his fellow teammate, Ndamukong Suh, and become the most important defensive player on the Lions.
PROJECTION: 54 total tackles / 10 QB Sacks / 18 TFL / 3 FF / 2 FR
Brandon “BEE” Salamat
DSE Lead IDP Analyst