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Nate Solder

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Rankings:

Offense: QB RB FB WR TE OT OG C
Defense: DT NT DE Hybrid DE/OLB OLB ILB FS SS CB
Special Teams: K P RS LS

Nate Solder Measurables:

Position: Offensive Tackle
School: Colorado
Year: Senior
Height: 6-8
Weight: 310
40-Yard Dash: 4.90

Strengths:

  • Rare combination of size and athleticism
  • Quick feet allow him to slide outside quickly to pick up elite speed rushers
  • Has the frame to get bigger and stronger
  • Excellent quickness allows him to explode off the line at the snap
  • Plays with good balance
  • Has an effective hand punch and does a good job locking onto defenders once he gets his hands on them
  • Good fluid hips
  • Does a good job sealing off defenders on running plays
  • Tremendous upside, still developing

Weaknesses:

  • Despite having quick feet, he still needs to polish his footwork a little
  • Needs to build more strength to be a dominating lineman against bigger defenders
  • Tends to lunge at defenders at times, and sometimes plays with his pads a little too high
  • Must learn to use his hands better in pass protection

Bottom Line on Nate Solder:

Nate Solder, who spent a couple seasons at tight end for the Colorado Buffalos before moving to offensive tackle, is a little bit of a raw product, but his upside is undeniable. At 6-8 he has incredible size and moves very well. He's light on his feet, and his skills translate well to left tackle in the NFL, although he has the potential to play either side.

Projection: Given the combination of size and raw talent a team would have to work with in Solder, it's hard to imagine him not being selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. With good pre-draft workouts, he could actually find himself in the top ten before it's all said and done.

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