The commissioner had the card in his hand. He was walking to the podium. This was the one. Was it going to be Cam Jordan, Mark Ingram, or maybe Adrian Clayborn? Patriots fans around the world could just feel that a big-name player was coming to New England with the 17th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Patriots fans thought they were getting a big name. What they ended up with was a big human being, all 80 inches of former Colorado left tackle Nate Solder...and a large glass of disappointment.
What started out as shock soon turned to awe as Solder turned into a key part of New England's offense in the 2011 season.
From our 2012 NFL Mock Draft, we've highlighted five players like Solder who may be under-appreciated on draft day but could make huge impacts come game time.