2011 NFL Mock Draft: Philadelphia Eagles Protect Michael Vick with Nate Solder
2011 NFL Mock Draft Has Philadelphia Eagles Taking Care of Star Quarterback
NFL Mock Draft 2011 Pick No. 23: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
The Eagles could do a lot worse than with Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder here. In addition to him being the best offensive lineman at this point in my opinion, he also fills a critical need for an Eagles team that gave up 50 sacks last year, despite quarterback Michael Vick shaking multiple defenders off his back.
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Solder, a converted tight end, has the frame and athletic ability to put an end to the Eagles' QB-protecting woes. He needs some work as far as run-blocking and consistency, but his pass-blocking is top notch, and the rest should follow in due time. The main concerns with him are his height, at 6'8", and whether he can bend down low enough to sustain a strong point of impact. He has shown glimpses and with the right coaching he should be able to correct that.
But one only has to look a list of his accomplishments thus far to know he's a legit first-rounder: 2010 All-American, finalist for 2010 Outland Trophy, OT-best 40-yard dash, OL-best 10-yard split, and 32-inch vertical jump (third-best among OL).
The Eagles could have a good one fall right into their lap.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Blaine Gabbert |
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus
3. Buffalo Bills: Patrick Peterson
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green
|17. New England Patriots: Aldon Smith|
18. San Diego Chargers: Muhammad Wilkerson
19. New York Giants: Anthony Costonzo
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Da'Quan Bowers
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Cam Newton |
6. Cleveland Browns: Von Miller
7. San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Akeem Ayers|
22. Indianapolis Colts: Gabe Carimi
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Nate Solder
24. New Orleans Saints: Phil Taylor
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara |
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones
11. Houston Texans: J.J. Watt
12. Minnesota Vikings: Cameron Jordan
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Danny Watkins|
26. Baltimore Ravens: Jimmy Smith
27. Atlanta Falcons: Cameron Heyward
28. New England Patriots: Leonard Hankerson
|13. Detroit Lions: Tyron Smith |
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan
|29. Chicago Bears: Mike Pouncey|
30. New York Jets: Rahim Moore
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandon Harris
32. Green Bay Packers: Adrian Clayborn
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