Pittsburgh WR Jonathan Baldwin and Auburn DT Nick Fairley visited the Lions Training and Practice Facility Wednesday.
At 6-5, 225 pounds, Baldwin feels he’d be a good addition to Detroit’s wide receiving corps that already features Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson, and believes he would be another deep threat in the receiving game.
Baldwin: “I’m a down the field (receiver). I have big play-making ability that can add that extra spark to the offense and I’ll do whatever is necessary to win ball games.”
Baldwin, who finished his three-year career at Pitt with 128 receptions for 2,337 yards and 16 touchdowns, says the experience leading up to the NFL Draft has been great, especially getting the opportunity to sit down with coaching staffs across the league.
Baldwin: “It’s been a very unique experience meeting different coaching staffs before you’re drafted. Everybody is talking to you about film and breaking plays down, talking to you about different things about your offense and then you have to explain the offense you ran (in college). It gives you the chance to teach them and to give them a better understanding of you.”
Meeting with the defensive coaching staff, Fairley felt right at home, having played in a similar system at Auburn and excelling as a pass rusher.
Spending most of his time with Lions’ defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, Fairley got a good grasp of how he’d fit in.
Fairley: “I’m feeling great here because the defensive scheme is kind of similar to what I played at Auburn: rush the passer, go right to the ball. The way he (Kocurek) talks about the guys that he has in the room, as far as the d-linemen, I think it would be a great fit to come in as a rookie and be under those guys’ wings. With how they took (Ndamukong) Suh in last year, how Suh produced and everything, I think it would be a good place to be developed.”
After two seasons at Auburn, the 2010 Lombardi Award winner – given to the best college football lineman or linebacker – finished with 88 tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss, 13.0 sacks for 89 yards lost, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recovers and an interception.
Fairley: “At the collegiate level, I feel that I did everything I could with Auburn, winning the National Championship, being defensive player of the year in the SEC, winning the Lombardi and everything. I think I accomplished a lot throughout my two years there and I was just ready to take my skills to the next level.”
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