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Pats take OT Nate Solder at No. 17

Updated: April 29, 2011, 2:03 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

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

"I was sitting there hoping and praying that they pick me because that's such a great organization," Solder said via conference call.

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 ...

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