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Patriots back on clock in reader mock

With the 27th pick in the 2011 AFC East reader mock draft, the Atlanta Falcons select ... Adrian Clayborn, defensive end, Iowa.

For the record, Clayborn's closest competition was Georgia outside linebacker Justin Houston.

Now quickly on to more important matters.

The New England Patriots are on the clock for their second of two first-round draft choices. Readers had them drafting a defensive end 17th overall.

Where will the Patriots go here?

These are the players off the board ...

  1. Carolina Panthers: Auburn quarterback Cam Newton

  2. Denver Broncos: Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus

  3. Buffalo Bills: Texas A&M outside linebacker Von Miller

  4. Cincinnati Bengals: Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert

  5. Arizona Cardinals: Louisiana State cornerback Patrick Peterson

  6. Cleveland Browns: Georgia receiver A.J. Green

  7. San Francisco 49ers: Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara

  8. Tennessee Titans: Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley

  9. Dallas Cowboys: USC tackle Tyron Smith

  10. Washington Redskins: Alabama receiver Julio Jones

  11. Houston Texans: North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn

  12. Minnesota Vikings: Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers

  13. Detroit Lions: Boston College tackle Anthony Castonzo

  14. St. Louis Rams: Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget

  15. Miami Dolphins: Alabama running back Mark Ingram

  16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith

  17. New England Patriots: Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt

  18. San Diego Chargers: California defensive end Cameron Jordan

  19. New York Giants: Florida center Mike Pouncey

  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan

  21. Kansas City Chiefs: Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi

  22. Indianapolis Colts: Colorado tackle Nate Solder

  23. Philadelphia Eagles: Mississippi State tackle Derek Sherrod

  24. New Orleans Saints: Temple defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson

  25. Seattle Seahawks: Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith

  26. Baltimore Ravens: Miami cornerback Brandon Harris

  27. Atlanta Falcons: Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn

In reality, the Patriots are strong candidates to trade out of this -- or any -- spot. But for the purpose of compiling a mock draft, projecting the trade partner and the return assets aren't feasible.

So please pick the best player.

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