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With the 22nd Pick in the 2011 Dawgs By Nature Mock Draft, the Indianapolis Colts Select...

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With the 22nd pick in the 2011 Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select...

Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

This selection and write-up was made by PaduaDSP:


The Colts select Nate Solder OT Colorado. The Colts have 3 needs going into this years draft, LT, DT and SS. Charlie Johnson, the Colts starting LT in 2010, is set to be a free agent, (if there is free agency) the Colts DTs are probably the worst starting duo in the NFL and the Colts cut former defensive player of the year Bob Sanders so an upgrade at SS is needed. However, as usual with the Colts it comes down to the offensive side of the ball in the first round. Peyton Manning isn't getting any younger and the Colts window may be closing just a bit so a young, smart, fast and athletic LT is just what the doctor ordered to protect Mannings blind side for the last few years of his career. Solder is a bit of a project at this point in his development but playing on a veteran laden Colts squad and learning offense from a guy like Manning should only help Solder develop a little faster than some other players.

The Colts could also consider one of the DT prospects here but the depth along the Dline in this years draft class is crazy and the Colts can get a very good player in the bottom half of Round 2 to plug the gaping hole in the middle of their defensive line. As for the Colts hole at SS, there isn't a SS worth selecting in the first 2 rounds of this years draft so they will have to plug that hole in the later rounds.

It's about time Solder was taken, and I think this would be a wise selection for the Colts. I have always been a huge fan of Peyton Manning's, and even though he doesn't take a ton of hits or sacks, the pressure started to get to him at points last year where you could see him wince before he even threw the football. It might seem more wise to address the Colts' issues with stopping the run, but why does it matter when every year they go from "terrible" to seemingly "impossible to run against" by the time the playoffs role around?

The Philadelphia Eagles are on the clock next (email will be sent to booobs33).

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 Carolina Cameron Netwon
QB Auburn BrownDawg1409
2 Denver Marcell Dareus DT Alabama Bernie19Kosar
3 Buffalo Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson discoinferno083
4 Cincinnati A.J. Green WR Georgia macdowellm03
5 Arizona Patrick Peterson CB LSU Browns town
6 Cleveland Cameron Jordan DE California golanbatrac
7 San Francisco Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska rufio
8 Tennessee Von Miller OLB Texas A&M iwearmocs
9 Dallas Nick Fairley DT Auburn Granville74
10 Washington Robert Quinn DE North Carolina Rounds94
11 Houston Aldon Smith DE Missouri rdy
12 Minnesota Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri Simmsinns
13 Detroit Tyron Smith OT USC BuenosAires_Dawg
Bernie19Kosar
14 St. Louis Julio Jones WR Alabama Don'tByBrownsQBJerseys
15 Miami Mike Pouncey OG Univ. of Florida jaws
16 Jacksonville Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue sleepy042
17 New England J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin Onyx Lightning
18 San Diego Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA Adrock2099
19 N.Y. Giants Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame Red-Right-88
20 Tampa Bay Justin Houston OLB Georgia Legoman0721
21 Kansas City Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College Mehouf
OrangeAndBrownFever
22 Indianapolis Nate Solder OT Colorado PaduaDSP
23 Philadelphia booobs33
24 New Orleans Buckeye Brad
25 Seattle bross09
26 Baltimore Ecwingen
27 Atlanta Clinton Blankenship
28 New England Onyx Lightning
29 Chicago jharbdo
30 N.Y. Jets Roger Dorn
31 Pittsburgh
SpecialBrownie
32 Green Bay ScottJC