Tale of the Tape: Nate Solder vs Oklahoma
On paper, Nate Solder looks like the perfect left tackle prospect. The Colorado OT has an impressive 6’8″, 300+ pound frame, and he reportedly runs a sub-5 second 40. In addition, Solder brings ideal smarts to the position: last May, the big man graduated with a 3.51 GPA.
Solder’s combination of smarts and exceptional athleticism will intrigue NFL teams, but his play hasn’t always matched his A+ attributes. Last year, he often looked like a C+ player, including in a poor effort against Mizzou. And this season started on a particularly ugly note, with Solder repeatedly getting beat around the edge by Cal’s speed rushers.
To his credit, Solder did bounce back after a bad September. Instead of his stock tanking, many think he’s shown enough improvement to warrant being taken in the first round, perhaps even in the first 15 picks.
Solder did play better against Oklahoma and other squads, but did he look like a legit first round offensive tackle? Lemme know what you think in the comments.