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2011: Patriots plan for future with Solder

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With a first-round pick acquired from the Raiders in exchange for Richard Seymour two years earlier, the Patriots plan for the future with Colorado left tackle Nate Solder (17th overall), knowing that longtime Tom Brady blindside protector Matt Light was entering his final season. At 6-foot-8 and 320 pounds, Solder is a towering presence on the field who has the makings of a franchise player. -- Mike Reiss