A couple weeks ago, CBS Sports' Pete Prisco put together a list of the most overrated and underrated players in the NFL. He focused on two players for each team, and tight end Brandon Pettigrew and defensive tackle Nick Fairley made the list for the Detroit Lions.
It should come as no surprise that Pettigrew was the one in the most overrated category. I say that because Pettigrew had a rough 2012 season. He struggled with drops and fumbles, and in general he just wasn't a very reliable target for Matthew Stafford.
For the most underrated player category, Fairley was the pick because he has been overshadowed a bit by Ndamukong Suh. Suh rightfully got a lot of attention for his dominant play at the end of last season, but Fairley deserves credit as well for putting together a solid 2012 campaign.
Here's what Prisco had to say about Pettigrew and Fairley:
Overrated: TE Brandon Pettigrew. You look at him and you see big-play ability. So where is it? Even in a pass-first offense he averaged under 10 yards per catch.
Underrated: DT Nick Fairley. Playing next to Ndamukong Suh, he doesn't get the due he deserves. But he had an impressive 2012 season.
Is Prisco right? Is Pettigrew the most overrated player and Fairley the most underrated player on the Lions?