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Saturday, June 18, 2011
Playing the rookie comparison game

By Mike Reiss

In one of the recent editions of Patriots Football Weekly, the hard-working staff selected a "comparable NFL player" for each of the team's draft picks. From this perspective, the comparable NFL player is meant in terms of style of play and physical makeup, not necessarily production.

It's a fun exercise, and the idea on this sure-to-be slow Saturday is to share PFW's thoughts and then add our own:

1st round -- Nate Solder
Robert Gallery (Raiders)
ESPNBoston: Joe Staley (49ers)

2nd round -- Ras-I Dowling
Brandon Flowers (Chiefs)
ESPNBoston: Al Harris (Packers)

2nd round -- Shane Vereen
Steve Slaton (Texans)
ESPNBoston: Donald Brown (Colts)

3rd round -- Stevan Ridley
: Cecil Collins (Dolphins)
ESPNBoston: Ladell Betts (Redskins)

3rd round -- Ryan Mallett
Drew Bledsoe (Patriots)
ESPNBoston: Andrew Walter (Raiders)

5th round -- Marcus Cannon
Carl Nicks (Saints)
ESPNBoston: Leonard Davis (Cowboys)

5th round -- Lee Smith
Brad Cottam (Chiefs)
ESPNBoston: Ben Hartsock (Jets)

6th round -- Markell Carter
Osi Umenyiora (Giants)
ESPNBoston: Travis LaBoy (49ers)

7th round -- Malcolm Williams
Matthew Slater (Patriots)
ESPNBoston: Haruki Nakamura (Ravens)

* Some players suited up for more than one team, although just one team was selected for these purposes.

EXTRA POINT: Headed to a big parade in Boston today, so things should be quiet in this space. Congratulations, Bruins.