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Patriots select Solder at 17

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots have selected offensive tackle Nate Solder of Colorado with the 17th overall selection in the NFL draft.

Solder, 6-foot-8 and 319 pounds, was a three-year starter after converting from a blocking tight end prior to the 2008 season.

Last season, Solder was a unanimous All-Big 12 first team selection, and was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, given to college football's best offensive or interior defensive lineman.

Solder started all 12 games for Colorado in 2010 and was named the team's most valuable player, as well as the Big 12's offensive lineman of the year.

In 2009, was named to the first team All-Big 12 after also starting all 12 games.