Solder, Patriots finally make a deal

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Solder, Patriots finally make a deal

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO -- The Patriots have signed their No. 1 draft choice, offensive tackle Nate Solder, and now have all their rookie draftees under contract.He is expected to be at practice with the team on Thursday afternoon. Solder was the 31st of the NFL's 32 first-rounders to agree to their rookie deal. Only the Giants' Prince Amukamara's deal is still undone. Solder's agent, David Dunn, did not immediately return a message. The left tackle out of Colorado has missed a week's worth of practice and meetings. Not helpful during this compressed offseason but not likely anything the four-year Colorado starter who's seen as a polished and intelligent product won't be able to overcome.Earlier Wednesday, we wrote about the confusion caused by the signing of the 20th pick Adrian Clayborn of Tampa Bay. Solder, the 17th overall pick, is the heir apparent to Matt Light at left tackle. Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Belichick: Pats see Garcia as left tackle

Belichick: Pats see Garcia as left tackle

FOXBORO -- The bullet points from Bill Belichick on the team’s second pick in this year’s draft, Troy left tackle Antonio Garcia:

- He’s a person.
- He’s a left tackle. 
- He has played tackle and will play tackle. 
- He visited with the Patriots. 
- We’re not sure if he’ll play guard at any point. 
- We’ll see how it goes. 

That’s generally as forthcoming as Belichick was regarding Garcia, a player for whom the Pats moved up from No. 96 to No. 85. Garcia’s selection came two picks after the team made Youngstown State pass-rusher Derek Rivers their first selection of the draft at No. 83. 

“He was here last week; [we] had a good visit with him,” Belichick said of Garcia. “So we’ll see how that goes, but we think he’ll be competitive. He’s done a good job for them down there.” 

Asked whether the lanky 6-foot-6 player could play guard, Belichick was noncommittal. 

“I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “He’s played tackle. He’s got the length and I think the athleticism to play tackle, but we’ll see how he does. I don’t know.” 

As for which side, Belichick viewed Garcia “primarily” as a left tackle.  
 

Former Jet botches J-E-T-S spelling during pick

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Former Jet botches J-E-T-S spelling during pick

FOXBORO -- The NFL had former and current players announce picks during the second and third rounds of the NFL draft Friday night. Some went better than others. 

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Jets were one of the teams that exerienced less-than-smooth sailing. Former Jets fullback Tony Richardson, who was announcing the team's selection at No. 79 overall, attempted the team's "J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets" cheer, but whiffed on the spelling. 

"With the 79th pick in the 2017 NFL draft," Richardson said, "the New York J-E-T-E Jets select ArDarius Stewart, receiver, Alabama."