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Nate Solder Scouting Report


Pass Protection: Needs to work on consistently staying low and playing with a good pad level. Poor leverage results in him giving up too much ground. Was exposed during the Cal game because of his inability to keep up with a smaller and faster Defensive Ends and Outside Linebackers. With so many teams running the 3-4 defense at the next level, he will have to improve on his knee bend in order to take on the smaller explosive edge rushers. Initial punch is average. Needs to do a better job at maintaining hand position throughout the duration of blocks. With his tall frame, he must sit in his stance better and anchor. Relatively new to the position, so he’s raw, but the tools are there.

Run Blocking: Shows tenacity and toughness in the running game. Does a good job of finishing blocks and advancing to the second level. Has a quick first step that allows him to get off the line quickly after the snap.

Toughness: Tough as nails. Shows tremendous toughness and durability. Came into college as a Tight End and made the switch to Left Tackle. Named the starter his redshirt sophomore season and didn’t miss a start for the next three years. Not only did he not miss a start, Solder only missed 2 snaps in his three years as starter. Plays with tenacity and a nasty attitude, something you like to see in offensive linemen.

Intangibles: Smart kid who graduated with a 3.51 GPA. Plays the game with his head and isn’t called for many false starts or holding penalties. Named Colorado’s MVP, and was an All-American his senior year. Also an Outland Trophy finalist.

Overall Stock: As the draft draws near, Nate Solders stock is slightly dropping. Partly due to the rising stock of USC OT, Tyron Smith. Solder has a ton of upside. He’s raw, but the tools are there. With only 3 years of experience at the position he will continue to learn and grow. Putting up only 21 reps at the combine didn’t help his stock either, but he has room on his frame to add muscle mass. Very high ceiling and should still be a late first round to early second round pick.

NFL Comparison: Tony Boselli

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