After months of waiting, New England fans finally know who their newest addition to the Patriots is. With their first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Patriots have selected Colorado OT Nate Solder.
Solder is an incredibly talented offensive tackle that has the skills to play both right and left tackle, even though he has never played on the right side. Still a bit raw after changing from a TE position, Solder has a lot of technique work to do. At over 6’8″, Solder can get a bit high, but Coach Dante Scarnecchia should be able to clean that up.
That said, he has the feet and size to be a Pro Bowl caliber player by his second year in the NFL – if not earlier. We had this to say about Solder in our latest Patriots Mock Draft, where we had Solder going to New England at pick 33:
“Solder was formerly a tight-end, adding to the long line of players new to football, tight ends, and wrestlers that the Patriots have employed across their line. It’s almost as if Scarnecchia wants some rawness in the player so he can mold them just as he sees fit.
Like current RT Sebastian Vollmer, Solder can play both left and right tackle. We’d see Vollmer moving to the left side and Solder the right, especially at the start of his career.”
Here is some video of Solder:
The Patriots passed on popular defensive picks Cam Jordan and Prince Amukamara to opt for the former Buffalo.