Up in smoke? Detroit's 2011 class in trouble

Nick Fairley (getty/Leon Halip)

The Detroit Lions were awarded high draft grades by many pundits after their 2011 draft. One year later, "high" appears to be an appropriate word.

The Detroit Lions were awarded high draft grades by many pundits after their 2011 draft.

One year later, "high" appears to be an appropriate word.

Nick Fairley, the Lions first round pick last season, was arrested Tuesday in Mobile, Alabama for marijuana possession which is a second degree misdemeanor in the state.

Reports suggest that Fairly was pulled over early this afternoon after a citizen complained he was speeding through a local neighborhood.

Fairley was allegedly arrested for possession of marijuana, an unknown amount at this time.

He was released on $1,000 bond.

This is unwelcomed news after two of Fairley's teammates and members of the Lions' 2011 draft class have combined for three other marijuana-related offenses this offseason.

The first offense came in January when offensive tackle and seventh-round draft choice, Johnny Culbreath was caught by a hotel surveillance camera attempting to hide –- what appeared to be –- marijuana in a hallway dresser.

Culbreath was charged with simple possession. More recently, second-round draft choice Mikel Leshoure pleaded guilty to a use of marijuana charge in early March.

Leshoure has since been involved in a second incident, after he again was allegedly found with possession of marijuana when he was the passenger of a car pulled over for speeding.

The Lions have released a below statement.

"We are aware of the incident involving Nick Fairley. We hold all of our players to a high standard of behavior and the recent charges against Nick and Mikel Leshoure are not consistent with those standards. We are very disappointed. We will continue to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time."

There is potential for disciplinary action for all three players from the league, however, a decision in the near future isn't likely.

The team also may decide to act prior to any league decision and apply internal disciplinary action to the players.

The team and league will both investigate each incident as it further unfolds.

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