Announcing the picks for the Patriots this year, Eric Cartmenez:
The Patriots come into this draft looking to improve on the defensive line, especially after trading Richard Seymour to the Patriots two years ago. They have never been able to replace Seymour on the line and are in need of somebody who can step up outside of Ty Warren. We were high on JJ Watt, but he has already been selected.
With the 17th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select:
Muhammad Wilkerson (DE-Temple)
Wilkerson is 6'5, 305, and would be a perfect 5 technique DE in a 3-4 defense.