Like it or not the lockout is still on-going and it's effects will continue to be felt once it's lifted. The NFL offseason has been a sham thus far as none of the annually scheduled events have taken place.
The incoming 2011 draft class will have a massive learning curb as they adjust to the big leagues and attempt to play catchup on all the time they've missed. The New England Patriots undoubtedly prepared for this as best they could and one would hope they were able to give as much instruction as possible to their newcomers while they could.
Expectations for these rookies need to be adjusted due to the effects of the lockout. Many of these youngsters will have far different roles than first projected after April's Draft and here's a look at those adjusted projections.