Friday, April 29, 2011

Sports: Labor Dispute Has No Effect as First Round of NFL Pro Football Draft Surprises with Four Quarterbacks out of the First Twelve Selections: Nick Fairley to the Detroit Lions

There were definitely some surprises in the 1st round of the NFL Draft which was apparently unaffected by the labor dispute between team owners and players.

Auburn QB Cam Newton -- who predicted change for the Panthers "from worst to first" -- was the Nr. 1 pick overall, going to Carolina, and that was to be expected, but 4 QBs under the first 12 players chosen was not expected. Maybe this year's quarterback class was better than what the mock drafts predicted and the pundits had analyzed.

How strong will the Detroit Lions be next year? Even stronger than the vastly improving team that won their last 4 games last year? Definitely!

As we read at Bleacher Report: Nick Fairley went to the Lions in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Who can believe it. Fairley may have some issues, but he has the same kind of player dominance as Suh, a rare quality.

What luck will offensive lines have against a Suh and Fairley combination? You can't double-team both very effictively. This will make Suh even better.

Evan Adrian writes:
"Well, this just doesn't seem fair to me. Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh on the same defensive line? Good luck running against the Lions for the next 10 years."
Another shocker: the Atlanta Falcons traded away five picks to get Julio Jones of Alabama, which seems like utter madness, but only the future can tell.

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