NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Colorado OT Nate Solder
|02.22.11 at 11:00 am ET|
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Position: Offensive tackle
Weight: 314 pounds
Achievements: Consensus First Team All-American (2010)
What he brings: Solder has been praised by scouts and analysts alike for his great footwork, agility and strength. He is a highly regarded run blocker who gets to the second level quickly and doesn’t give up until the whistle blows. He still needs work as a pass blocker, as he is prone to getting beat by speedy pass rushers, and he does not project as an immediate starter. However, his talent, size and work ethic are enough to land him in the middle of the first round in most mock drafts.
Where the Patriots could get him: No. 17
Notes: Solder became the first ever offensive tackle at Colorado to earn consensus All-America honors. He has no injury history and has displayed remarkable durability, as he was on the field for all but two offensive snaps over his final three years at Colorado.
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