Patriots Select Colorado OT Solder At 17

Patriots take OT Solder with 17th pick of draft

      FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – The New England Patriots have drafted
tackle Nate Solder (SOUL-der) of Colorado with the 17th pick of the
NFL draft.
      The Patriots need help on the offensive line. Guard Stephen Neal
retired after last season, tackle Matt Light is a free agent and
guard Logan Mankins remains upset with his contract status after
sitting out the first seven games in a dispute over a long-term
deal. He was designated their franchise player after the season.
      New England needs a pass rusher, but several of the top ones
already had been picked.
      The Patriots also have the 28th pick in the first round.
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