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2011 NFL Draft: Patriots Select Nate Solder

The New England Patriots selected Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder with the 17th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft Thursday night. Solder, a 6-foot-9, 320-pounder was thought by many to be the player the New York Giants would target if Mike Pouncey was off the board. Pouncey, of course, went to the Miami Dolphins with the 15th overall selection.

So, now what Giants’ fans? Alabama running back Mark Ingram? Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo? UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers? Temple defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson?

No matter what happens, you can bet Giants General Manager Jerry Reese will say the player he picked was the best player available at that time in the draft.

Washington took Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan 16th, and Dan Diego took defensive tackle Corey Liuget 18th.

That means the Giants are now on the clock.