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Jets grab Muhammad Wilkerson, Steelers get Cameron Heyward

04.28.11 at 11:30 pm ET
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The Jets addressed the defensive line Thursday night, selecting Temple defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson 30th overall. Wilkerson has a year of 3-4 experience, which made him a good option for a team like the Jets or even the Patriots.

The Steelers followed the Jets’ pick by selecting Cameron Heyward, son of Craig “Ironhead” Heyward.

Bears select Gabe Carimi

04.28.11 at 11:22 pm ET
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The Bears selected Gabe Carimi 29th overall Thursday night. The Outland Trophy winning tackle out of Wisconsin is plenty confident in his talents, as he made clear back in February.

‘€œI have a better resume of going against better talent than anyone else, so that makes me more ready,’€ Carimi said at the combine. ‘€œI’€™m physically stronger and have more career starts and better knowledge of the game than any other tackle out there. That’€™s why I’€™m the No. 1 tackle out there.’€

Patriots trade down, Saints take Mark Ingram

04.28.11 at 11:16 pm ET
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The Patriots traded the 28th overall pick of the 2011 NFL draft to the Saints Thursday, acquiring the 56th overall pick and New Orleans’ first-round pick in 2012. After securing the 28th pick, the Saints selected Alabama running back Mark Ingram.

With the move, the Patriots will now have three second-round picks on Friday and two first-round picks in 2012.

Ingram ran for 875 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior after winning the Heisman in his sophomore campaign.

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Jimmy Smith to Ravens

04.28.11 at 11:09 pm ET
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The Ravens selected Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith 27th overall. Smith is considered one of the top defensive backs in this year’s class, but character issues pushed him into the late-first-round range. Smith had three picks in his college career.

Jonathan Baldwin to Chiefs

04.28.11 at 11:07 pm ET
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The Chiefs made their first pick of the draft Pittsburgh wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin. Kansas City moved up to select Baldwin 26th overall. Baldwin had 822 receiving yards last season to go with five touchdowns last year as a junior. He had eight touchdowns in his sophomore year.

Complete transcript of Nate Solder’s Q&A with the New England media

04.28.11 at 10:53 pm ET
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Nate Solder just wrapped up a conference call with New England reporters. Here’s the complete Q&A:

Where were you when you got the call?
In my parents’ bed and breakfast in Colorado.

Were you surprised?
I was sitting there hoping and praying that they’d pick me, because it’s such a great organization.

How much contact did you have with them?
Fairly limited contact.

Did you come up for a visit?
I never came up for a visit.

Can you explain how that unfolded? You were scheduled to come up by it was cancelled?
I don’t know exactly what happened? I was scheduled to visit, but right before I left, it was cancelled. That’s all I know.

You were on your way to the airport?
Nope. It was the day before I was going to go it was cancelled.

What was going through your mind?
There’s been so many question marks going through my mind this whole process that i didn’t think anything of it.

Did that happen with other teams?
No it did not.

Did they come out to visit you?
Yes they did.

When did that happen?
Monday.

How did you miss two snaps in three years?
[laughs] That was an end of game situation. I think one of the backups was in there just to kneel the ball.
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James Carpenter to Seahawks

04.28.11 at 10:52 pm ET
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The Seahawks opted for an offensive lineman with the 25th overall pick, opting for Alabama’s James Carpenter.

This marks the second consecutive year in which the Seahawks have added to their offensive line in the first round. Given that four quarterbacks went in the first 12 picks, the options were slim for signal-callers at 25, and they must not have deemed Andy Dalton as worthy.

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