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Three Lions drafted in 2011 have been arrested for marijuana possession this offseason

The Detroit Lions have impressively hit on almost all of their draft picks last year. The Lions only made five selections in the 2011 draft and, incredibly, three of the players have been arrested for marijuana possession since their rookie season ended.

First-round pick defensive tackle Nick Fairley (pictured at left) was spotted speeding in Mobile, Ala., Tuesday and was pulled over where marijuana was found in his possession. He was charged with a misdemeanor.

Second-round pick running back Mikel Leshoure missed his arraignment Monday for a marijuana possession charge. Leshoure was pulled over March 12 because the car he was riding in didn’t signal a lane change. The car apparently reeked of weed, and an officer saw Leshoure cramming the herb into his mouth. He was also arrested on Feb. 18 for marijuana possession.

Seventh-round pick offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath (pictured at right) was arrested at a hotel in South Carolina for marijuana possession on January 25. He paid a fine for the charge to close the case.

The Lions were already considered semi-dirty because of their lack of discipline for Ndamukong Suh, and because of the way coach Jim Schwartz got into it with Jim Harbaugh. Now they’re developing a reputation for being the jail blazers of the NFL. If they keep this up, they’ll replace the Bengals as the most undisciplined team in the NFL.

Mikel Leshoure Gets Detroit Lions Tattoo After Being Drafted in Second Round

Former Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round, 67th overall. Leshoure will likely be splitting time with Jahvid Best, so it’s not as if he was drafted to be the team’s franchise player. That didn’t stop Leshoure from expressing his bond to the team in the form of permanent ink. Leshoure actually got a Detroit Lions tattoo on his left forearm that was on display at his team’s workouts Monday:

Leshoure is aware that he may not be with the Lions his entire career so that’s why he had the tattoo marked with the day he was drafted. Still, it’s a brazen move by a rookie who doesn’t seem to recognize the business of the league. If he’s not careful, he could wind up like another star running back who had to get a second tattoo after doing the same thing. It’s nice that Leshoure is already showing loyalty to his team, but he’ll soon learn teams show little loyalty towards players. Hey, it could have been worse — at least he didn’t get this awful tattoo.

UPDATE: Leshoure tore his Achilles’ tendon in August and was knocked out for the year.

Photo Credit: Justin Rogers/MLive.com