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Detroit Lions' 2011 draft class down to Nick Fairley, Mikel Leshoure

When the Detroit Lions cut Titus Young on Monday, that left just two members of Detroit’s 2011 draft class — Nick Fairley (first round) and Mikel Leshoure (second round).

 Yes, they only had five picks in that draft. But when you have a limited number you have to make each one count.

  Linebacker Doug Hogue (fifth-round) and offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath (seventh round) had previously been cut. 

 Hogue had played on special teams in five games before he was released on Oct. 22, 2012. 

 Culbreath had been arrested in the spring of 2012 for marijuana possession and was cut just before camp started.

Fairley and Leshoure were each arrested twice in the spring of 2012. Leshoure was suspended for the first two games of the season.

For the NFL draft this year (April 25-27) the Lions have picks in each round except the fourth which was traded during the draft last year to acquire Tahir Whitehead. In the first round they have the fifth overall pick.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well that's just great. Out of the entire 2011 draft, the Lions are left with two underachieving repeat drug offenders that can't stay healthy. And the reason Martin Mayhew still has a job is????

1:15 AM 
Anonymous ST said...

Fairley and Leshoure came on pretty good last year, especially Fairley, so I think the Lions have a couple of good pieces there. The fact those two are the only 2 remaining from that class is disgusting and is a reflection as to why the team struggled so bad last year. It also shows how much of an arrogant fool Mayhew is concerning his draft strategy. It's pretty telling that he's basically thrown the back-half of the draft away the past 2-3 years. His late round success has been as bad, or worse than Millen.

9:01 AM 

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