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NFL Draft 2011: Top Remaining Prospects

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At the end of the day, only Pittsburgh DE/OLB Jabaal Sheard remains on my Patriots big board from the first round and there are no players until 2B, which means that I don't have any players rated in the top 45. However, there are still plenty of players left with solid grades. Here's a list of some players who should come off the board early tomorrow:

Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

Aaron Williams, CB, Texas

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame

Andy Dalton, QB, TCU

Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois

Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

Most importantly, in my opinion, is the scarcity of top quarterbacks remaining in the draft. I was hoping that there would be a run on the position in the first round and, with only Dalton and Mallett (and arguable Colin Kaepernick from Nevada) worthy of a second round pick, the Patriots are in prime position to trade out of #33. Teams like the Bills, Bengals, Cardinals, 49ers, Dolphins, and Redskins all need a quarterback. With the Bills picking at #34 and the Bengals drafted at #35, teams will have to move up to grab a quarterback. The Patriots should profit from a serious bidding war and I wouldn't be surprised if they receiver similar value, if not more, at #33 than they received at #28.

I don't expect the Patriots to pick again until the middle of the second round. By that point, the draft board should be more clear.