FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Getting to know the Patriots' 17th overall selection, Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder:
Born April 12, 1988 in Denver, Colorado; attended Buena Vista (Colo.) High School.
Majoring in biology, Solder graduated with a 3.52 grade point average and was an academic All-Big 12 selection for his final four seasons at Colorado.
Finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, considered the "academic Heisman" award.
Recipient of Colorado's Dean Jacob Van Ek Award for academic excellence in 2008 and 2010.
An accomplished painter and sculptor, his artwork earned all-state honors in high school.