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2011 NFL Draft: 5 Things You Need to Know, but Might Not
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Well, the pre-NFL Draft hysteria is in full swing and before we get any further into mocks, critiquing individual players, and assessing team needs, it's time to put some perspective around the 2011 draft class.

There are many factors that make this draft unlike any other, but the primary one is something that will be discussed at some length in this article. The lack of a collective-bargaining agreement will have a massive impact on the way teams approach the last weekend in April and what players they will select during the draft process.

The truth is that there hasn't been a situation exactly like this in the history of the NFL and the league's premier off-season showcase will be unpredictable and quite different than previous editions as a result. 

There are other factors that make this draft unique, including the players that are availabe to be selected.

In any case, here are five things you need to know about this draft and what it might mean for the team of your choice.

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