NFL Draft 2011: New England Patriots Select Solder, 17th Overall
By Andy Lindberg
The New England Patriots selected offensive tackle Nate Solder in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 17th pick. Here is some more information on the newest member of the Patriots organization.
Name: Nate Solder
Weight: 319 lbs
Overview: Solder is far from what many would consider a sexy pick. He’s no Robert Quinn or Mark Ingram in terms of name value, but what he can bring to the team is extremely valuable with the future of left tackle Matt Light and left guard Logan Mankins up in the air. Tom Brady needs protection and Solder has the potential to protect Brady’s blind side immediately.
This is a great pick for New England, but they still need to address the pass rush and receiving corps. There should be great value to be had with the Pats having as many picks as they do in the second and third rounds. Bill Belichick has a very good history of finding offensive line gems in the first round, and I expect Solder to be no different. One also wonders about New England’s confidence in re-signing Light or Mankins with this pick.