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Nate Solder (OL)
  • Height:
    6'8"
  • Weight:
    319 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    35 1/2 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 7/8 in.
  • College:
    Colorado
  • Conference:
    Pac-12
Featured Prospects

Selected by: New England Patriots
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 17 (17)

Pick Analysis: Bill Belichick picks a possible successor for Matt Light at left tackle. Solder has all of the tools to develop into a premier player at the position, and his development could help the Patriots solidify Tom Brady's protection for the foreseeable future. Although the team must address their defensive issues along the front, the opportunity to pick a franchise-caliber tackle at this point of the draft is an outstanding value selection.
Combine Stats
  • Bench Press21.0 reps
  • 3 Cone Drill7.44 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
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Overview

Solder is one of the premier left tackle prospects in this class with the size, strength and athleticism needed to succeed on Sundays. Very sound in pass protection, not as susceptible to the bull rush as you might think given his leaner build, just needs to continue to develop his game against complete pass rushers with a vast array of skills and moves. Very complete in the running game as well, firing off the ball, gaining leverage and moving his feet inline and in space. Understands assignments, locates his man at the second level or on the edge and recognizes and reacts to blitz packages. A true first-round talent.


Strengths

Solder possesses rare height, and length and impressive mobility. Frame and long arms make him difficult for pass rushers to navigate around and he uses wingspan and hands well to control defenders. Gets off the ball quickly and has good power in the run game. Very comfortable in space. Outstanding awareness.

Weaknesses

Could afford to add some additional bulk to his frame. Needs to watch his balance when facing edge rushers with speed and power moves. Would benefit from becoming a bit more consistent against stunts and twists. Would like to see him play with a mean streak for all four quarters.

Grade

7.9

 

Video Playlist

  1. Patriots take Solder No. 17

    Published: April 28, 2011 at 10:02 p.m.

    The New England Patriots select Colorado OT Nate Solder with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 draft.

  2. 2011 Draft Profile - OT Nate Solder, Colorado

    Published: April 8, 2011 at 12:39 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder.

  3. First Draft: Nate Solder

    Published: March 28, 2011 at 07:11 p.m.

    Colorado T Nate Solder talks about his hobbies, competitive streak and career goals.

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