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Analysis of first-round pick, OT Nate Solder

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  April 28, 2011 09:45 PM

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Analysis on first-round pick OT Nate Solder from Colorado:

  • The biggest tackle at the combine at 6-8 ¼. Weighs 320 pounds and ran the 40 in 4.97 seconds.

  • Posted a 20 out of 25 on the Wonderlic according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  • Entered college in 2006 as a tight end that weighed 230 pounds. Moved to OT two years later and started for three years.

  • Arms are 35.5 inches

  • Known as a terrific athlete and he showed that by tying for second among OTs at the combine with a 32-inch vertical leap.

  • Several teams had Solder rated as the No. 2 tackle and considered him a top-10 talent.

  • This is a good need pick for the Patriots. Matt Light is an unrestricted free agent, and RT Sebastian Vollmer is the only solid tackle on the roster. If Light does not return, then Vollmer and Solder could play either side. It’s always good to have Tom Brady protected.

  • Outstanding character. Might be the best in the draft according to a scout.

  • Only negative is he can play high at times, but that can be worked on. Also only benched 225-pounds 21 times, which was the lowest among the top tackles in the draft.

  • "He's a mountain of a man who moves well, can slide well and can play the right side as well," Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff, the former Patriot personnel director, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Combine that with the fact he's a top-notch character guy and it's a nice package."

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