New England Patriots Select OT Nate Solder from Colorado


The New England Patriots selected Colorado OT Nate Solder 17th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. Solder is a big offensive tackle that many teams had rated as the best in the draft. Solder brings versatility to play either right tackle or left tackle, something the Patriots covet in their offensive linemen. This allows them to play Solder at LT or move Sebastian Vollmer to LT and play Solder at RT. The question this selection brings up is, “Where does this leave Matt Light?” Light is a free agent but was expected to re-sign with the team. If he’s willing to sign short-term while Solder develops (if that’s even necessary), that could happen. However, I think Light’s days as a Patriot may be over.

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