Nate Solder scouting report

Nate Solder OT Colorado

Ht: 6’8″

Wt: 314

Strengths:
Impressive size. Elite athleticism for an offensive lineman – a converted tight end. A smart kid on and off the field. Coaches have nothing but great things to say about his work ethic.
Weaknesses:
Still learning the position – just three years of experience as an offensive lineman. Very raw. Really struggled to keep pace with some of the more talented defensive ends he faced, such as Cal’s Cameron Jordan. Has a very thin frame – still built more like a tight end. Needs to bulk up, especially in the lower body in order to create a stronger base.
Comments:
At this point Solder is all hype and no substance. The potential is obvious, so there is a chance someone takes him in the 1st round, however he lacks the fundamentals, experience and strength necessary to step right into a NFL starting lineup. The most telling sign of his struggles came against Cal this past season when he was simply abused by Cameron Jordan – probably the closest thing to an NFL lineman he faced while at Colorado. As a developmental prospect, I wouldn’t take him before the 3rd round. However, there is little chance that he’ll be on the board that late – someone will get overexcited and take him much earlier.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 Comments Off

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