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Patriots 2011 Draft Report: ILB Rankings

LSU's Kelvin Sheppard is the best ILB in the 2011 NFL Draft. (Photo on

Thursday is the big day. Stay with us as we wrap up our 2011 NFL Draft rankings.

Up next, the inside linebacker rankings.

One thing to note is our “Patriots Interest Scale.” Using our best judgment we have placed a ranking, 0-10, on whether or not the Patriots appear to have interest in the prospect.

  • 0 = the lowest level of interest.
  • 10 = the highest level of interest.

Inside Linebacker Rankings

Ranking Name College Height Weight Patriots Interest
1. Kelvin Sheppard LSU 6-1 250 1
2. Martez Wilson Illinois 6-3 250 2
3. Casey Matthews Oregon 6-0 231 0
4. Chris White Mississippi State 6-2 240 1
5. Akeem Dent Georgia 6-1 242 2
6. Nate Irving North Carolina State 6-1 240 1
7. Greg Jones Michigan State 6-0 242 2
8. Derrell Smith Syracuse 6-0 243 1
9. Quan Sturdivant North Carolina 6-1 241 2
10. Jonathan Cornell Ole Miss 6-1 236 0

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Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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