By: Derek Havens
Name: Nate Solder
Position: Offensive Tackle
Selected: Round 1, Pick 17
- Superior Frame
- Solid Frame
- Very strong Mechanically
- Excellent use of hands
- Needs to Bulk up, very skinny frame
- May not be able to contribute to the Patriots immediately
- Cannot get a very strong push on bigger defenders
Notes: Solder is an absolute monster. He has a superior frame with great footwork and agility to take on defenders. While he won’t overpower many defenders, he uses his hands and positions himself well against opposing players. He is very sound fundamentally and does a great job in space. There was not much separation between lineman coming into the draft evaluation process but, Soldier’s terrific Senior Bowl moved him to the head of the pack.
Analysis: Solder is a solid pick for the patriots. I must admit, I was shocked that the patriots passed on Cameron Jordan, the defensive end from California. I had Solder as my highest rated offensive lineman in this class. Protecting Tom Brady is priority one and Solder has the tools to be that guy. Pairing Vollmer and Solder will make the Patriots offensive line very strong for the next several years.
The biggest downside of taking Solder is I am not sure what he can offer immediately. He definitely needs to bulk up because he has a skinny frame. Dante Scarnecchia will need to spend some time with him, but he definitely has amazing potential. I have no doubt Solder is a solid prospect and could be a great tackle. This could also shed light on Matt Light’s future with the Patriots as he is an unrestricted free agent.