2011 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Select Colorado OT Nate Solder With 17th Pick

By Dan Parzych

With the 17th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder–which comes as a surprise considered the front-seven should have been their top priority.

Early on Thursday, reports emerged that the Patriots were interested in trading up to acquire California defensive end Cameron Jordan–but they ended up being false. The move comes as a bit of a surprise, but Solder is one of the most talented offensive lineman in this year’s class and could have an immediate impact as a rookie–so this was an impressive move for the Patriots.

Still, it’s hard not to wonder if the Patriots would have spent their first pick in this year’s draft on an offensive lineman if they didn’t contain three of the top 33 picks.

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