Nate Solder Scouting Report
Nate Solder
Nate Solder - Colorado (HT: 6-8¼ - WT: 319)
Combine 40: 5.05 - Position Rank: 5 of 28

Positives: Extremely athletic... Intelligent, heady... Reasonably good agility... Good length and long arms... Excellent speed, quick feet... Good pass blocker... Flashes the ability to play with good knee bend... Good lateral movement and slide... Does a reasonably nice job staying in front of defender... Good run blocker... Very solid drive blocker... Carries his pads well... Solid strength... Can coil up and generate reasonably good power... Does a good job staying on his blocks... Uses his hands well... Can get to the second level... Good flexibility... Breaks down well and does a nice job blocking on the move... More of a wall-off blocker than a mover down field... Hard worker, flashes a mean streak... Can play LT but fits best at Right Tackle in ZBS... Solder is a terrific athlete and some team will take him in the first round based on his potential to play Left Tackle.

Negatives: Solid but inconsistent knee bend... Footwork needs a little work... Choppy overly compact kick slide... Rises too early in pass protection, stands up and bends at the waist... Doesn't sit into his stance especially well... Will occasionally lean and overextend, lunges to reach the corner... Gets beat by good inside moves... Will allow his technique and footwork to get sloppy... Gets too upright when run blocking... Struggles to stay low and maintain leverage... Not especially strong at POA, punch lacks real force... Needs to add some bulk to rangy and over-tall frame... Lacks a great anchor, can be walked back... Inconsistent balance, looks awkward at times... Still somewhat of a project as his overall technique needs tweaked a bit... Too lean, doesn't appear to be able to gain and maintain weight... His height is a disadvantage at this stage of his development... He isn't a "plug-in and play" prospect and will need some positional coaching before he will start in the NFL.

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