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New England Patriots Select Nate Solder With 17th Overall Pick

With the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder.

Do you really expect me to knock draft guru Bill Belichick? The guy plays the draft like a fiddle. Coming off a 14-2 season, New England does not need much so most picks are a value pick. Solder, the tall Buffalo, will book end the line with Sebastian Volmer for the next decade...eventually. Solder has the tools to be a dominant tackle in the league, but he has to add some muscle to his frame and work on his hands. He has, arguably, the best upside of any offensive tackle if he can clean up his flaws.

Still, the Patriots had the luxury to take who they wanted and you know Belichick will coach him up well. Even if it doesn't feel a need, the Patriots can afford to take talent with picks at 28 and 33.

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