Kirwan: *Ryan Mallett (QB)*- Arkansas
Baldinger: Mikel Leshoure (RB)- Illinois
Kiper: Justin Houston (LB)- Georgia
Banks: *Jake Locker (QB)*- Washington
Not exactly a shocker to anyone, two experts predict that the Pats will trade this pick away for future considerations. However, should Belichick choose to keep this pick, he could go after a guy like Nate Solder. He is the biggest offensive lineman in the draft, a position that is in need in New England.
Tom Brady needs a bodyguard and Solder fits the bill. He also has experience playing tight end, something that is not new to the New England system. Wes Welker and Julian Edelman come to mind right away, playing in multiple situations, albeit on offense, however, offensive positions are quite different in terms of roles than what you see with defense.
Here is what I wrote in my previous article on Nate Solder and the possibility of him going to Foxborough.
This guy is a beast. Standing 6'8" and weighing 319 pounds, Solder is the biggest of the big men available at a much-needed spot for a team that has a "win big, lose big" mentality to get out of.
If Tom Brady wants someone big and strong to give him time, Solder is near the top of the list. He has great speed for his size, and if he combines that with consistent timing in getting off the line of scrimmage, he can be a force for this team in a few years.
Solder may need time to mature, and there are a few little things he needs to grow out of, but he would have the help of veterans Matt Light (who didn't look as impressive in 2010 compared to years past) and third-year player Sebastian Vollmer in learning New England's system.
He may not be the most complete player available at OT, but when No. 28 comes up Solder may be the best choice.