Meet the Patriots' 2011 draft picks
Position: offensive line
Pick: 1st round, 17th overall
Of note: Solder, who is 6 feet, 8 inches and 319 pounds, was a tight end before switching to left tackle, where he played all but two snaps since his sophomore season at Colorado. He was also a three-sport star, lettering in basketball and baseball.
"Ive always held this place in really high regard. I have a ton of respect for the players and for Mr. Kraft and what hes built here and this is an amazing place. I would not rather be any other place in the world, actually," Solder said.