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DCN 2011 Draft Profile: Nate Solder



Nate Solder, OT, Colorado (Projection: Mid First Round)


The Cowboys have one of the oldest offensive lines in the game and it’s not even one that can really compare to the other aging lines.  It hasn’t played up to it’s potential and has been inconsistent to say the least.    Nate Solder offers the Cowboys the ability to begin rebuilding that offense line for the future and give Felix, Tashard, and Tony the best chance to be successful in “The House that Jerry Built”


Solder is a physical marvel.  He stands at 6-8, 314 lbs.  His 40 time is still considerable given his size at 4.89.  Solder has been considered dominant as an offensive lineman and has handled pass rushers with relative ease.  In one-on-one drills against peers Solder seems to be unbeatable and seemingly immovable.  He handles defensive rush moves (swim, bulrush) very well and has quick feet.  His agility allows for him to move quickly as a rush blocker as well.


Not much to knock on arguably the top offensive lineman in the draft.  Despite his solid intangibles he could still improve on his technique during pass blocking situations.  His biggest issue will be how he learns to use his size against smaller defenders who will attempt to out leverage him.

How He fits:

Like I stated earlier, the Cowboys really need to start rebuilding this offensive line and cementing Solder and Free on the outsides will make it much easier.  I honestly think that Solder is the best pick the Cowboys could make in the first round even over a CB.  That being said, Solder would be in an instant starter and greatly impact the mobility of the offense while affording Romo enough time in the pocket to start making safer decisions.  If the Cowboys go with him, they will be going with a perennial pro-bowler who will be wearing Cowboys Blue for his whole career.


Going for Solder will allow the Cowboys to trade down and amass more picks throughout the draft.

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  • Benjamin Hubbert

    I wonder if the Cowboys would take Nate Solder instead of Tyron Smith if they could. Solder has been fantastic protecting Brady’s blindside and Smith has been serviceable, but he isn’t nearly as polished as Solder.

  • Benjamin Hubbert

    I wonder if the Cowboys would take Nate Solder instead of Tyron Smith if they could. Solder has been fantastic protecting Brady’s blindside and Smith has been serviceable, but he isn’t nearly as polished as Solder.

  • G Schmidt48

    sucks lol

  • G Schmidt48

    sucks lol

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Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.

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Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.

To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.

In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.

Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.

Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.

Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.

Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.

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Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.

Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.

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L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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