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2011 NFL Draft Results: New England Patriots Wrap Up Interesting Draft

The 2011 NFL Draft is officially in the books, and similar to previous years, the New England Patriots made some questionable picks. Sometime's they have turned out (see: Devin McCourty), and other times, they just haven't (see: Laurence Maroney). All we know for now is that the draft didn't turn out the way most Patriots fans had hoped.

Pats Pulpit, SB Nation's Patriots blog, takes a look at the New England Patriots' draft this year.

For the Patriots, I don't think the draft turned out exactly as most fans expected.  While the Patriots ultimately did select two offensive linemen with the choices of Colorado left tackle Nate Solder in the first round and TCU guard/tackle Marcus Cannon in the fifth, they failed to address the front seven of the defense until the 194th pick in the sixth round, when they took Central Arkansas DE/OLB Markell Carter. (via Pats Pulpit)

The draft wasn't a total loss, though, as New England was able to add some depth, according to Pats Pulpit.

Still, they added some quality depth to their running back corps with the additions of Shane Vereen of Cal and Stevan Ridley of LSU in the second and third round respectively.  They got the draft's best blocking tight end in Marshall's Lee Smith.

Head on over to Pats Pulpit to read even more reaction on the draft.

For more on the New England Patriots and their draft, head over to Pats Pulpit. And for all things 2011 NFL Draft related, from the first pick to Mr. Irrelevant and everything in between, check out SB Nation's 2011 NFL Draft Hub and our NFL Draft blog, Mocking The Draft.