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NFL Draft 2011, Round 2, Picks 48-57: Pats And Lions Select Running Backs While Other Teams Stock Up On Defensive Players

Defense has taken over the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The Raiders took a safety (Stefen Wisnieswki), the Chargers took a cornerback (Marcus Gilcrhist), the Buccanneers took Da'Quan Bowers (finally), and the Giants took a defensive tackle (Marvin Austin) all in succession.

The Patriots changed things up and took running back Shane Vereen, and thus another Patriots' draft-pick project gets underway. The Pats are looking to compliment their current run attack of Danny Woodhead and BenJarvus Green-Ellis with Vereen.

The Lions also took a running back, Mikel Leshoure of Illinois. Detroit struggled running the ball last year with Jahvid Best, and Mikel Leshoure just might be the man to take the starting job away from him. Either way, this is shaping up to be a great draft for the Lions.