Fairley, Leshoure, Culbreath cast shadow on 2011 draft class
Look at it this way, the Lions drafted five players in April 2011.
Since January three of the five have been charged with marijuana possession.
In order, in January offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath was charged with simple possession of marijuana in Orangeburg County, South Carolina. He paid a fine of $412.
Running back Mikel Leshoure was charged with possession of marijuana on Feb. 18 and again on March 12 in Berrien County. He paid a $485 fine on the first violation and skipped his Monday arraignment on the second. Not good.
Neither Leshoure or Culbreath played a snap in their rookie season due to injuries.
Defensive tackle Nick Fairley was charged with marijuana possession on Tuesday in Mobile, Ala.
Fairley was slowed down in his rookie season with a foot injury. He played in just 10 games and had 15 tackles and a sack.
Lions management was counting on all three to come back strong.
Legal ramifications are still unknown. NFL suspensions are also up in the air. A suspension usually comes after the second offense.
The Lions can’t be too happy with the three players. In fact in a statement on Tuesday four words stood out: “We are extremely disappointed.”
Coach Jim Schwartz expects the best. I would expect him to be tough on all three. Facing a judge might be easier then going one-on-one with an angry (and rightfully so) Schwartz.
Of course the jury is still out on the 2011 draft class. But three out of five haven’t got off to a great start.
Wide receiver Titus Young, who got better as his rookie season wore on, and linebacker Doug Hogue, who contributed mostly on special teams, have stayed clean in the off-season.
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