Weight: 315 lbs.
Conference: Big 12
Overview: Solder is one of the premier left tackle prospects in this class with the size, strength and athleticism needed to succeed on Sundays. Very sound in pass protection, not as susceptible to the bull rush as you might think given his leaner build, just needs to continue to develop his game against complete pass rushers with a vast array of skills and moves. Very complete in the running game as well, firing off the ball, gaining leverage and moving his feet inline and in space. Understands assignments, locates his man at the second level or on the edge and recognizes and reacts to blitz packages. A true first-round talent.
Noteworthy: Solder was the first offensive tackle at Colorado to earn All-America honors since 1979 (Stan Brock) and the first-ever to garner consensus All-America honors at the position for the Buffaloes. … The durable Solder played 2,540 out of a possible 2,542 plays on offense his sophomore through senior seasons. He allowed just five sacks those three years. In 2010, Solder started all 12 games and played all 847 snaps on offense. … He was named one of CU’s four co-captains, as selected by his teammates, who also selected him as the recipient of the Zack Jordan Award as the team’s most valuable player.