FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Some quick-hit bites from Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's news conference following Thursday's first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Calls fielded on 33rd pick. Belichick said that the Patriots have already received calls on the 33rd overall selection, at the top of the second round, from teams who are in the middle of the round. "I think right now the most important thing for us is to just re-group, get a good night's rest, take stock of everything, re-assess the board, take a look at ourselves, take a look at what some of the teams around us might be doing, and then see what happens," Belichick said. "There are still a lot of quality players up on the board. We hope that we will be able to get production out of whatever we do with our picks."
Solder to work at left tackle. "Nate [Solder] was a player who we've been on for a long time," Belichick said. "Nate has been a solid player for Colorado at left tackle. Certainly there's a lot of things that he'll need to do to improve but we feel like he's a good, talented guy, a hard-working kid and if he can keep doing that then I think he'll be able to contribute for us. We'll work him at left tackle."
"I don't think there's a position projection with him. He's played left tackle and I think that will be his position in the National Football League," Belichick continued. "He's a smart guy, he's a hard working kid, he's already graduated. Good worker. Hopefully he'll take the coaching that he gets from our staff, from [offensive line coach] Dante [Scarnecchia] and be able to improve and develop at a position that he's had some experience at."
Belichick added that Solder will arrive in Foxboro soon but said that the team will seek clarification from the league on what sort of contact they can have with him.
Athleticism of Solder lauded. "Certainly when you watch him play, you watch him pull, you watch him run, you watch his athleticism," Belichick said of Solder, noting he was a three-sport athlete in high school. "For a big guy he moves very well, he's very light on his feet. I think you seen that all the way through. Even though he's put on the weight...it's been a solid progression, but athletically he still handles himself pretty well."
New coach lends insight on Solder. New assistant strength and conditioning coach Moses Cabrera, who was hired last month, gave the team insight on first-round draft selection, offensive tackle Nate Solder. Cabrera served on the strength and conditioning staff at the University of Colorado last season.
Thoughts on trading 28th pick. "We went into the day with four picks in the first two rounds and still came out of it that way, so we felt the trade with New Orleans was a good value relative to the players that we had on the board, and what those picks are going to be tomorrow. So that's why we made the trade," Belichick said. "Overall we're heading into tomorrow with the same number of picks, just located a little bit differently then we were when we started the day, and hopefully we can continue to have good quality in the future years as well."