Fairley Meets Fans, Talks to Suh

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on April 29, 2011 – 11:25 pm

First-round draft choice Nick Fairley stopped by the 2011 Detroit Lions Draft Party at the Hard Rock Cafe to meet with fans.

Fairley on his experience at the Detroit Lions Draft Party at Hard Rock Cafe Detroit: “Aww man, it was great. When I walked in, they almost blew the roof off the place. So it’s great coming down and getting the support of the fans for the first time.”

Fairley also had the opportunity to talk to Defensive Rookie of the Year Ndamukong Suh. Fairley met Suh at the 2011 Super Bowl and is looking forward to playing alongside him.

On having talked to Suh: “I talked to Suh today and he gave me some great advice; I talked to Kyle Vanden Bosch and all of them guys. I’m really just ready to go and I want to pick their brain … They’re going to give me some great advice so I can come in as a rookie and know what to do.”

On what Suh said to him: “He basically was like, ‘Man, you’ve got be ready to come to work; they’re going to push you and try to get the best out of you, but you’re going to have fun.’ He said that’s one thing that they do here is: have fun and work hard. So I’m ready to come here and get things together.”

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Lewand Confirms Start of Lions’ Offseason Program

Posted by Tara Altman on April 28, 2011 – 7:37 pm

Team President Tom Lewand confirmed this evening that Lions’ players will begin working out at the teams’ training facility as early as Friday morning.

Lewand: “We were notified by the league today that we are able to resume operations tomorrow; allowing on a directed basis we are going to open the facility tomorrow to the players under contract for an offseason workout.”

Though players can begin working  out tomorrow, team organized workouts will begin on Monday, with the first OTA (Organized Team Activity) day on Wednesday, May 4.

Lewand: “We talked to everybody on the roster today. We’ve reached out to everybody, the position coaches has talked to them, I’ve talked to a few guys, Jim (Schwartz) has talked to a few and our strength coaches have talked to everybody. I know there are a lot of guys interested in coming back. Obviously a lot of them have had other plans, but I expect a good number tomorrow and obviously that number will increase starting Monday when guys have the ability to make the travel plans in.”

Terms of when free agency will begin and when team’s will be permitted to trade players, has yet to be specified.

Lewand: “We’ve been notified that there will be more information forth coming and I would expect that sometime tomorrow.”


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Fans Select CB Jimmy Smith as the Lions’ 13th Overall Selection

Posted by Tara Altman on April 28, 2011 – 1:15 pm

Fans have selected CB Jimmy Smith as your Detroit Lions’ 13th-overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft. Round one of the NFL Draft starts tonight at 8 PM EST.

Selection Team Selection
1 Carolina Panthers QB Cameron Newton, Auburn
2 Denver Broncos DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama
3 Buffalo Bills LB Von Miller, Texas A&M
4 Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green, Georgia
5 Arizona Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
6 Cleveland Browns DB Patrick Peterson, LSU
7 San Francisco 49ers DE Robert Quinn, UNC
8 Tennessee Titans DT Nick Fairley, Auburn
9 Dallas Cowboys T Tyron Smith, USC
10 Washington Redskins WR Julio Jones, Alabama
11 Houston Texans CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
12 Minnesota Vikings QB Jake Locker, Washington
13 Detroit Lions CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado

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Fans Select Locker 12th Overall; Detroit Lions on the Clock

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on April 26, 2011 – 6:16 pm

Fans have selected QB Jake Locker of Washington as the 12th-overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft, putting your Detroit Lions on the clock with the 13th-overall selection until 1 p.m. ET Thursday.

Selection Team Selection
13 Detroit Lions VOTE NOW!
1 Carolina Panthers QB Cameron Newton, Auburn
2 Denver Broncos DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama
3 Buffalo Bills LB Von Miller, Texas A&M
4 Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green, Georgia
5 Arizona Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
6 Cleveland Browns DB Patrick Peterson, LSU
7 San Francisco 49ers DE Robert Quinn, UNC
8 Tennessee Titans DT Nick Fairley, Auburn
9 Dallas Cowboys T Tyron Smith, USC
10 Washington Redskins WR Julio Jones, Alabama
11 Houston Texans CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
12 Minnesota Vikings QB Jake Locker, Washington

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Fans Select Amukamara 11th Overall; Vikings on the Clock

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on April 25, 2011 – 8:32 pm

Fans have selected CB Prince Amukamara of Nebraska as the 11th-overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft. The Minnesota Vikings are now on the clock until 6 p.m. ET Tuesday with the 12th-overall selection.

Leading up to this year’s 2011 NFL Draft (which will begin Thursday, April 28) , fans to choose the 1-13 selections, with Detroit holding No. 13.

Selection Team Voting Begins/Selection
1 Carolina Panthers QB Cameron Newton, Auburn
2 Denver Broncos DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama
3 Buffalo Bills LB Von Miller, Texas A&M
4 Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green, Georgia
5 Arizona Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
6 Cleveland Browns DB Patrick Peterson, LSU
7 San Francisco 49ers DE Robert Quinn, UNC
8 Tennessee Titans DT Nick Fairley, Auburn
9 Dallas Cowboys T Tyron Smith, USC
10 Washington Redskins WR Julio Jones, Alabama
11 Houston Texans CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
12 Minnesota Vikings VOTE NOW
13 Detroit Lions 6 p.m. ET 4/26

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Fans Select Jones 10th Overall; Houston on the Clock

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on April 24, 2011 – 5:57 pm

Fans have selected WR Julio Jones as the 10th-overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft. The Houston Texans are now on the clock until 6 p.m. ET Monday with the 11th-overall selection.

Leading up to this year’s 2011 NFL Draft (which will begin Thursday, April 28) , fans to choose the 1-13 selections, with Detroit holding No. 13.

Selection Team Voting Begins/Selection
1 Carolina Panthers QB Cameron Newton, Auburn
2 Denver Broncos DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama
3 Buffalo Bills LB Von Miller, Texas A&M
4 Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green, Georgia
5 Arizona Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
6 Cleveland Browns DB Patrick Peterson, LSU
7 San Francisco 49ers DE Robert Quinn, UNC
8 Tennessee Titans DT Nick Fairley, Auburn
9 Dallas Cowboys T Tyron Smith, USC
10 Washington Redskins WR Julio Jones, Alabama
11 Houston Texans VOTE NOW
12 Minnesota Vikings 3 p.m. ET 4/25
13 Detroit Lions 3 p.m. ET 4/26

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Fans Select Smith Ninth Overall; Washington on the Clock

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on April 23, 2011 – 7:30 pm

Fans have selected T Tyron Smith as the ninth-overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft. The Washington Redskins are now on the clock until 6 p.m. ET Sunday with the 10th-overall selection.

Leading up to this year’s 2011 NFL Draft (which will begin Thursday, April 28) , fans to choose the 1-13 selections, with Detroit holding No. 13.

Selection Team Voting Begins/Selection
1 Carolina Panthers QB Cameron Newton, Auburn
2 Denver Broncos DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama
3 Buffalo Bills LB Von Miller, Texas A&M
4 Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green, Georgia
5 Arizona Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
6 Cleveland Browns DB Patrick Peterson, LSU
7 San Francisco 49ers DE Robert Quinn, UNC
8 Tennessee Titans DT Nick Fairley, Auburn
9 Dallas Cowboys T Tyron Smith, USC
10 Washington Redskins VOTE NOW
11 Houston Texans 6 p.m. ET 4/24
12 Minnesota Vikings 3 p.m. ET 4/25
13 Detroit Lions 3 p.m. ET 4/26

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Fans Select Fairley Eighth Overall; Dallas on the Clock

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on April 23, 2011 – 10:32 am

Fans have selected DT Nick Fairley of Auburn as the eighth-overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft. The Dallas Cowboys are now on the clock until 6 p.m. ET Saturday with the ninth-overall selection.

Leading up to this year’s 2011 NFL Draft (which will begin Thursday, April 28) , fans to choose the 1-13 selections, with Detroit holding No. 13.

Selection Team Voting Begins/Selection
1 Carolina Panthers QB Cameron Newton, Auburn
2 Denver Broncos DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama
3 Buffalo Bills LB Von Miller, Texas A&M
4 Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green, Georgia
5 Arizona Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
6 Cleveland Browns DB Patrick Peterson, LSU
7 San Francisco 49ers DE Robert Quinn, UNC
8 Tennessee Titans DT Nick Fairley, Auburn
9 Dallas Cowboys VOTE NOW
10 Washington Redskins 6 p.m. ET 4/23
11 Houston Texans 3 p.m. ET 4/24
12 Minnesota Vikings 3 p.m. ET 4/25
13 Detroit Lions 3 p.m. ET 4/26

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Fans Select Quinn Seventh-Overall; Tennessee on the Clock

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on April 21, 2011 – 3:01 pm

Fans have selected DE Robert Quinn of UNC as the seventh-overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft. The Tennessee Titans are now on the clock until 3 p.m. ET Friday with the eighth-overall selection.

Leading up to this year’s 2011 NFL Draft (which will begin Thursday, April 28) , fans to choose the 1-13 selections, with Detroit holding No. 13.

Selection Team Voting Begins/Selection
1 Carolina Panthers QB Cameron Newton, Auburn
2 Denver Broncos DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama
3 Buffalo Bills LB Von Miller, Texas A&M
4 Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green, Georgia
5 Arizona Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
6 Cleveland Browns DB Patrick Peterson, LSU
7 San Francisco 49ers DE Robert Quinn, UNC
8 Tennessee Titans VOTE NOW
9 Dallas Cowboys 3 p.m. ET 4/22
10 Washington Redskins 3 p.m. ET 4/23
11 Houston Texans 3 p.m. ET 4/24
12 Minnesota Vikings 3 p.m. ET 4/25
13 Detroit Lions 3 p.m. ET 4/26

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Fans Select Peterson Sixth Overall; 49ers on the Clock

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on April 20, 2011 – 4:09 pm

Fans have DB Patrick Peterson as the sixth-overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft. The San Francisco 49ers are now on the clock until 3 p.m. ET Thursday with the seventh-overall selection.

Leading up to this year’s 2011 NFL Draft (which will begin Thursday, April 28) , fans to choose the 1-13 selections, with Detroit holding No. 13.

Selection Team Voting Begins/Selection
1 Carolina Panthers QB Cameron Newton, Auburn
2 Denver Broncos DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama
3 Buffalo Bills LB Von Miller, Texas A&M
4 Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green, Georgia
5 Arizona Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
6 Cleveland Browns DB Patrick Peterson, LSU
7 San Francisco 49ers VOTE NOW
8 Tennessee Titans 3 p.m. ET4/21
9 Dallas Cowboys 3 p.m. ET 4/22
10 Washington Redskins 3 p.m. ET 4/23
11 Houston Texans 3 p.m. ET 4/24
12 Minnesota Vikings 3 p.m. ET 4/25
13 Detroit Lions 3 p.m. ET 4/26

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