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2011 Denver Broncos Draft Cameos: Nate Solder

Offensive Tackle - Nate Solder, Colorado

Height:  6'8"
Weight:  319
40yd:  4.96

Interest Level:

Private Workout:  No
Private Visit to Team Facility:  No
Attended Proday:  Yes
Other: -

Quick Take:

Reminds me a lot of Ryan Clady back in Ryan's BSU days.  Solder is a converted TE with great feet, balance, good rangy motion, able to overextend himself and maintain a block, and has great technique with good kickslide, nice depth, great handwork.  Good on the move, can pull int he run game effectively, knows how to find a guy and plant him.  Not overly powerful, but effective.  Dominated Von Miller head to head.  Stays low, very natural and athletic stance.  Has nice long arms and can shut guys down almost effortlessly it appears sometimes.  Will make his name early in pass pro and has the makings of a franchise LT.

Where He Goes in the Draft:

First round, somewhere between #10 and #20

What is Denver's Interest In Him?


This guy is too valuable to be played away from his natural LT spot, so there really isn't a true use for him in Denver.  But Denver sent Dave Magazu, OL guru, down to Colorado's proday to talk to Nate, and Denver knows exactly what they have with him.  Trade Bait.  Solder is the first of a handful of guys that could allow Denver to do a double trade down from #2, and still stay inside the top 15 or 17 in the process.


Position, Name

CB Patrick Peterson

DT Marcell Dareus

QB Blaine Gabbert

Top OLB/DE Von Miller
DE Robert Quinn

DT Nick Fairley

QB Cam Newton

Middle OT Nate Solder


2 Middle


3 Middle


4 Middle

5 Top



[Note:  All players in the table are ranked by overall grade within their round grouping, however, the round groupings are based on where this player will likely be drafted based on where teams are currently selecting in the draft.  Therefore a player is ranked within a group by his level of ability, but players in nearby groupings may have higher or lower actual grades, despite being in a different group.  Confusing enough for you? --Styg]