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Nate Solder
Round 1, Pick 17
Position: T
Class:  5Sr
School: Colorado
Conference: Big 12
HT: 6-8.5
WT: 319
40 Time: 4.96
Biography: Former tight end who moved to offensive tackle as a junior and went on to win all-Conference honors the next two seasons. Awarded all-American honors as a senior.

Positives: "Athletic offensive tackle prospect with terrific size and upside potential. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage, and stays square. Keeps his feet moving, displays solid footwork in pass protection, and has the ability to slide out and adjust to defenders. Agile, nimble, and moves well on his feet. Gets out to the second level, redirects well to linebackers, and removes them from the action. Makes good use of angles and will adjust to knock pass rushers from the action."

Negatives: Gets marginal movement run blocking and at times struggles turning lesser opponents from the action. Really does not play with a nasty attitude.

Analysis: Solder improved the past two seasons after moving from tight end to offensive tackle. He possesses the athleticism to be used on the blind side and offers the size and growth potential to eventually be starting at right tackle in the NFL. He comes with great upside but will need time to develop his game before he'll be ready to break into a starting lineup on the NFL level.

Projection: 1st
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