Nate Solder having a Pro Bowl Year

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  1. The_Riddler

    The_Riddler 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    This man has been dominant at LT and appears to be getting better and better each game. I think as of right now, Solder has only given up 2 sacks in 12 games. I believe he should get Pro Bowl consideration, he's been that good over on that left side.
  2. Big-T

    Big-T Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    Usually the offensive line for the Pro Bowl is the known names.

    So Joe Thomas & D'Brickashaw Ferguson for LT & Mankins probably getting in at guard.

    Both Solder & Vollmer have been pretty great this year too and that's made all the more impressive by revolving door of players at the guard spots.
  3. MoLewisrocks

    MoLewisrocks Supporter Supporter

    Mankins doesn't even have to play let alone well to get in these days...
  4. Sicilian

    Sicilian Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    The very nature of the pro bowl for OL is sort of wonky... if an O-Lineman plays a PERFECT season, you probably wouldn't even remember his name.
  5. patchick

    patchick Moderatrix Staff Member Supporter

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    It's funny how little Solder has been talked about as a draft choice. Here's the full 2011 draft:

    2011 NFL Draft - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Almost two seasons later, is there ANYONE you would rather have from pick 19 on in place of our franchise LT?
  6. BelizePats

    BelizePats Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    Solder was such a smart pick!!!
    He's protected the franchise beautifully.
  7. JackBauer

    JackBauer Pro Bowl Player

    Crazy thing is, I don't think he's reached his ceiling.
  8. Franchise12

    Franchise12 On the Game Day Roster

    Solder is having a great year and he hasn't even hit his ceiling yet. now if only vollmer magically became healthy...
  9. manxman2601

    manxman2601 Pro Bowl Player

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    Stevan Ridley...Oh wait!
  10. nabwong

    nabwong Supporter Supporter

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    I'm pretty sure he has. He's 6'8".
  11. Nehalem

    Nehalem On the Game Day Roster

    Looking through the first 3 rounds the only person that looks even remotely interesting would be Justin Houston.

    Of course we could have easily had him instead of Glass-IR Dowling :(
  12. Big-T

    Big-T Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    Door frames become quite a painful hazard when you forget to duck a bit at that height :mad:
  13. mayoclinic

    mayoclinic Supporter Supporter

    Solder was taken at 17. And there's only a handful of players that I could argue would have been worth taking ahead of Solder: JJ Watt, maybe Von Miller and Aldon Smith, possibly AJ Green and Julio Jones if you value WRs (which I don't).

    Of course, I wanted Cam Jordan at 17. :bricks: I think he's a solid player, but the Pats were clearly smarter than me, as usual.
  14. The Gr8est

    The Gr8est In the Starting Line-Up

    And they are smarter than all of the GM wannabe's who want to question their picks.

    Interestingly you know as much as anyone here about the players in the draft, but will readily defer to the Pats' wisdom, yet some people who know the least will cling to their own evaluations over that of the Pats and other pros.

    Go figure.
  15. Marqui

    Marqui In the Starting Line-Up

    Phil Taylor is great when he's healthy. I'd love to have him, but not over Solder though.
  16. nekromantique

    nekromantique On the Game Day Roster

    i admittedly didnt follow many of the pats drafts up until recent years...but how many o-lineman have they actually MISSED on? aside from seems to be the most reliable area drafted for them.
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  17. Rob0729

    Rob0729 Supporter Supporter

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    You are missing the anti-Belichick GM spin. Everyone knows the smart move was to take Cameron Jordan at 17 and Mark Ingram at 28. Belichick blew it by taking Solder at 17 and trading away the 28 pick which ended up being Chandler Jones. Adding insult to injury, Belichick thought reaching for two RBs in Vereen and Ridley would equal Ingrams.

    This is why they need to take away the GM responsibilities from Belichick. The Pats could have had Jordan, Ingram, and two other picks rather than Solder, Ridley, Vereen, and Jones. I am sure he would trade all four those players for either Jordan or Ingram.

    For those who didn't get my sarcasm, this is why people blasting a draft at the time of the draft is stupid. People killed Belichick for his moves but with his two firsts and third round, he has gotten potentially three All Pros (although he had to wait a year to get Jones with that first rounder).
  18. patchick

    patchick Moderatrix Staff Member Supporter

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    They've been spot-on whenever they've felt strongly enough about an o-lineman do draft him in the top 3 rounds: Solder, Mankins, Vollmer, Kaczur. Later in the draft has been spottier, but that's to be expected.

    I just think it's extraordinary to pick 17th (thanks for the correction, mayo!), take a player who was NOT an obvious pick, and to look back two years later and say "that was the single best possible pick in that spot."
  19. BradyFTW!

    BradyFTW! Supporter Supporter

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    From memory, the Pats have only taken four offensive linemen in the top 2 rounds since Belichick has been here: Light, Mankins, Vollmer, and Solder. They've certainly all lived up to their draft position, but the other half of that equation, IMO, is that they don't have to spend high picks on offensive linemen. Since Scar can turn UDFAs into competent players, and late-round picks into good ones, the Pats have little reason to pick a lineman early unless they know that he'll be awfully good.
  20. The Gr8est

    The Gr8est In the Starting Line-Up

    True. Conventional wisdom was that Tyron Smith was the top OT in the draft and the Pats reached for Solder, regardless of subsequent reports that both the Giants and Chiefs were ready to draft him, and the Giants picked Amukamara instead.

    In future years I hope we get to savor the reports that Ozzie Newsome actually cried and then traded out of the 1st round after BB moved up and took Hightower.
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