Nate Solder, T
- Height: 6-foot-9
- Weight: 305 pounds
- School: Colorado
Solder came to Colorado as a 245-pound tight end, but he leaves as a 300-plus pound left tackle who many general managers expect to be an excellent blind-side protector for years to come. Solder is a giant at a position that is used to seeing plenty of height. He allowed only five sacks in exactly 1,400 pass plays over three seasons as a starter with the Buffaloes, and became the first offensive tackle at Colorado to earn All-America honors since Stan Brock in 1979. Solder, who graduated last May with a biology degree and has been awarded a postgraduate scholarship by the National Football Foundation, didn't disappoint at the NFL scouting combine. He was one of the top performers among offensive linemen in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and 20-yard shuttle, reaffirming the belief that he's one of the draft's most athletic blockers. He has long arms that make it difficult for pass rushers to get around him, and he uses his hands well in the passing game. Solder could stand to improve his first step and bulk up slightly. He gets excellent leverage in the running game, moves well laterally and does a solid job of getting to the second level. Solder's off-the-field intelligence is evident between the lines as well, as he's very aware reading blitzes. An outstanding prospect who could become a true cornerstone by adding a bit of a mean streak, Solder should be one of the first two tackles off the board in the first round.
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