SB Nation New York 2011 NFL Mock Draft: With 22nd Pick, Colts Select ...

Nate Solder, OT, Colorado.

Best guess here is that Indianapolis would love to see Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi or Boston College's Anthony Castonzo fall to this spot. They might even be tempted by Florida OG/C Mike Pouncey here. The Colts simply have to upgrade their offensive line.

They were near the bottom of the league running the ball in 2010, as they have been the past couple of seasons. They just can't move anybody off the ball. Besides which, Peyton Manning is the franchise and they need to keep the immobile Manning in one piece to have any chance at a Super Bowl. A solid offensive line is a must.

In making this same selection for the Colts, Draft Countdown's Scott Wright had this to say:

Colorado’s Nate Solder is a former tight end and as a result he brings a rare blend of athleticism and nimble feet to the offensive tackle position. Solder is still developing, physically and mentally, and is far from a finished product but he has as much upside as any blocker in this class.

SB Nation's Mocking The Draft concurred, saying "Solder has more upside than any early round lineman in this year's draft."

Draft Preview: Nate Solder (via foxsports)

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