Just ask Nate Solder, New England’s first round pick in the 2011 draft. The Patriots’ tackle joined Bob Socci on Sunday morning’s NFL Draft Preview Show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, and shared a few stories from the days and weeks leading up to the draft.
The Patriots expressed interest in Solder and had a pre-draft visit scheduled with the offensive lineman. But the team cancelled that visit the night before it was supposed to happen, and Solder didn’t think they would be selecting him when it came time for them to make their pick.
“It’s wild the way they do things. They cancelled the day before and really had me guessing,” Solder said of New England’s draft tactics. “I didn’t know what to expect. It’s unique the way they do things because they’re competitive at everything they do. The secrecy of the whole thing, it’s a neat process.”
Heading into his fourth NFL season protecting Tom Brady’s blind side, Solder couldn’t be happier to be a Patriot.
“They’ve exceeded expectations,” said Solder, who started 13 games his rookie season "
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The Patriots used the first-round pick they received from the Oakland Raiders to take Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder and traded downRead more