Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley displayed more confidence this offseason during workouts than most observers have seen since he has entered the NFL.

Fairley was very vocal during every practice. He routinely challenged teammate Ndamukong Suh during individual drills at practice - and routinely won. The former first-round draft pick was high energy from start to finish. Fairley not only predicted Suh and he would form the NFL's best defensive tackle tandem, but placed Super Bowl expectations on the Lions.

"I sat down with Kris (Kocurek) before OTAs and the offseason workouts," Fairley said. "He was like, 'Nick, what's one of your goals?' I was like, 'Really, Kris, to bring energy to our team. Be that guy who the team looks to when we're down in a game. I'm going to be the guy that's like 'Hey, it's not over.' A guy that is really going to pump everyone up.

"That is what I was looking for this offseason. To just let guys know this offseason that I'm going to be here for you guys, and we're going to be here to get ready to work."

Fairley definitely worked hard this offseason.

He only missed one offseason workout that was open to the media. When Fairley was in attendance, he was clearly Detroit's defensive leader.