Lions sign entire draft class, including Fairley

Posted July 28, 2011 @ 2:09 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Lions signed all of their picks on Thursday, including first-round DT Nick Fairley

Fairley and the Lions have come to an agreement on a four-year contract. Agent Brian Overstreet told ESPN.com that Fairley's deal was for "right around $10 million."

Also agreeing to terms: second-round RB Mikel Leshoure, third-round WR Titus Young, fifth-round LB Doug Hogue and seventh-round OT Johnny Culbreath also agreed to a four-year contract with Detroit.

The way we see it

It's good that the Lions got all their rookies into camp on time, as their top three picks are expected to play significant roles immediately. Fairley should join a stout DT rotation with Ndamukong Suh and Corey Williams and could play as much as 30-35 snaps per game. Leshoure is expected to team with Jahvid Best in a good 1-2 running punch. And Young could fill the vacant slot WR role and help out on returns. The Lions are a lot of folks' dark-horse playoff contenders this season.