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2011 NFL Draft: Predictions For Thursday's First Round

The long wait is finally over, as the 2011 NFL Draft kick off tonight at 8 p.m. EDT (ESPN). With the draft just hours away, it's time for everyone to make their final predictions for Thursday night's first round.

Pats Pulpit, SB Nation's New England Patriots blog, has released 10 surefire predictions for round one. Here's a look at one of the more interesting predictions regarding the Pats and Rex Ryan.

10. Rex will be annoyed

The Patriots will draft a player just before the Jets...later in 2011 when that player is playing at a Pro Bowl level, Rex will admit the Patriots picked his pocket as that's the guy the Jets really wanted.  Sound familiar?  It happened in 2010 where the Patriots picked pro bowler Devin McCourty ahead of the Jets, who settled themselves with Kyle Wilson.  It was a closely fought contest but I think the Pats ended up with the better player.

Good stuff. Pats Pulpit also shares its thoughts on Roger Goodell and the lockout, the draft's most talented player, and of course, who the Carolina Panthers will draft with the No. 1 overall pick.