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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.

Saints take Cameron Jordan

04.28.11 at 10:42 pm ET
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So much for the Patriots getting the five-technique prospect most commonly projected to them. The Saints selected Cal defensive end Cam Jordan, ending his slide at No. 24.

Jordan had six sacks in each of the past two seasons. He is the son of former Vikings Pro Bowl tight end Steve Jordan.

Eagles select former Canadian firefighter Danny Watkins

04.28.11 at 10:38 pm ET
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The Eagles selected one of the more interesting players in Danny Watkins 23rd overall Thursday.

Watkins, 26, had never planned on playing football. He was a Canadian firefighter who had gone to Butte junior college to pursue a fire sciences degree. While there, he was talked into playing football for the first time in his life, and after transferring to Baylor became a top prospect. His favorite sports franchise is the Vancouver Canucks. Here’s a story we did on him him from the combine.

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