DT Nick Fairley
- On how he felt when the Detroit Lions drafted him
- "Aww man, it was a great feeling. My dream finally came true; to finally play in the NFL, it's been a dream since I was eight-years old. Whoever picked me matters, but I always tell folks that whatever team I go to was going to be my No. 1 pick."
- On how much he knows about the Lions' defensive line and the personnel on it
- "I know a little bit about it. They have
Ndamukong Suhand they've got a guy that's a defensive end that's a hard worker; I'm just looking to come in and work my butt off and contribute to the team."
- On being projected in the top-5 and then slipping to 13
- "I really didn't know where I was going to go coming into the draft; for Detroit to pick me, I'm very excited and I can't wait to get to the town and get this thing started."
- On whether it concerns him that he'll be part of a three- or four-man rotation at defensive tackle
- "Aww man, playing with Suh is going to be an honor. That guy was the defensive rookie of the year, so to be able to play next to him… I can't wait to get in and pick his brain for the things he did his rookie year."
- On having a breakthrough season last year at Auburn
- "We had a great season. We went out there and just did everything we had to do to come out with a win as a team. So basically I just tried to contribute to the team as much as I could."
- On whether he'll carry a chip on his shoulder after slipping in the draft
- "Not at all. It's just the way (draft) landed. It's been a great experience, it's a great moment and I'm blessed to be a part of the Detroit Lions now. I'm ready to go and ready to come in and get the work done."
- On whether he feels pressure to live up to what DT Ndamukong Suh did as a rookie in 2010
- "I'm just going to come in and work my butt off and try to earn everything I can and see what happens from there."
- On what his meeting was like with Head Coach Jim Schwartz during his pre-draft visit
- "My take from it was (that they're a) great group of guys, great group of coaches. I know they've got a game plan for the Detroit Lions and I'm happy to be part of it."