NFL Draft 2011, New England Patriots: Ryan Mallett, Nate Solder Highlight Picks

New England capped off the 2011 NFL Draft in New York City on Saturday afternoon, making four picks in Rounds 4-7 as this year's draft came to a close.

In typical fashion, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick made some questionable decisions, including the decision to draft an offensive lineman at No. 17 overall and trade away the No. 28 overall pick.

The debate begins as to whether or not this year's Patriots draft class will be a successful one, but for now, all fans can do is sit back and analyze their team's newest players. With that in mind, here's a look at your newest Patriots.

2011 NFL Draft - New England Patriots Draft Picks

Round 1, No. 28: Nate Solder (OT - Colorado Buffaloes)
Round 2, No. 33: Ras-I Dowling (CB - Virginia Cavaliers)
Round 2, No. 56: Shane Vereen (RB - California Golden Bears)
Round 3, No. 73: Stevan Ridley (RB - LSU Tigers)
Round 3, No. 74: Ryan Mallett (QB - Arkansas Razorbacks)
Round 5, No. 138: Marcus Cannon (OT - TCU Horned Frogs)
Round 5, No. 159: Lee Smith (TE - Marshall Thundering Herd)
Round 6, No. 194: Markell Carter (LB - Central Arkansas Bears)
Round 7, No. 219: Malcolm Williams (CB - TCU Horned Frogs)

Mallett's name is the one that stands out in this group, but there are plenty of other story lines. Take Cannon, for example, who was diagnosed with cancer just a few days before the draft.

The definitive answer on whether or not this year's draft was successful will not be known for several years, so for now, we can only debate amongst ourselves.

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