NFL Draft 2011: Pick-by-Pick Grades for the Entire 1st Round

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NFL Draft 2011: Pick-by-Pick Grades for the Entire 1st Round
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2011 NFL draft grades will be coming out in droves tonight as teams select the players they hope will become a prominent part of their respective futures.

Slated for 8 p.m. EST on ESPN, this year's draft has plenty of talent, upside, boom-or-bust prospects and mystery as to who the "steal of the draft" will be.

The New England Patriots have been to the playoffs in seven of the last eight years, but are looking to win their first Super Bowl since 2004-2005 after losing in the AFC divisional playoffs to the rival New York Jets last season.

Fortunately for them, they have two first-round picks tonight, at No. 17 (via the Oakland Raiders) and at No. 28.

Their primary areas of concern are their pass rush and their offensive line, with guard Logan Mankins there for likely just one more year and tackle Matt Light a free agent.

The Carolina Panthers hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, and most draft experts have them going with quarterbacks Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert, or defensive lineman Marcell Dareus.

An alarming amount of teams need a quarterback this season, but beyond Newton, Gabbert and Jake Locker, most teams will probably wait to draft one in the second round.

Stick right here tonight for pick-by-pick grades of every team that selects in the first round.

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