The New England Patriots are studs in terms of building through the draft.
Former CU Buffs offensive tackle Nate Solder was drafted by the Pats 17th overall last year. The team’s longtime starting left offensive tackle, Matt Light, appears ready to retire which pushes Solder right into the starting role.
“Well I feel like that is the reason I was brought here, to eventually be the starter, and that’s great. I’m excited about that,” Solder said. “My sole drive was not to be a disappointment” – he let out a self-conscious chuckle – “so I hope I wasn’t a disappointment. But it continues on, you know, I have to get better next year too. – Nate Solder to the Boston The Boston Globe
The 6’8″ 318-pound Solder played in all 19 games for the Patriots last season starting 14 of them at right tackle and starting 2 of them at left tackle. He’s been an impact player since arriving and now he will get a shot at protecting Tom Brady’s blindside.
This is one of the hardest working young players in the game. Since the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss in February, Solder has taken just one week of vacation. Other than that, he’s been working out at Gillette.