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2011 NFL Draft: Is Colorado's Nate Solder A Good Fit For the Detroit Lions?

For most of the 2000's, the Detroit Lions' drafts are best known for drafting a bust in quarterback Joey Harrington with the No. 2 overall pick and then a wide receiver in the first round for the next three seasons. While Charles Rogers and Mike Williams did not work out for the Lions, Roy Williams had a few successful seasons there before he forced his way out and was traded to the Cowboys.

More recently, the Lions have taken a better approach to the draft and have gained receiver Calvin Johnson, tackle Gosder Cherilus, quarterback Matthew Stafford and most recently defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Will the Lions add Colorado Buffaloes offensive tackle Nate Solder to that list?

Tom Kowalski of MLive.com has a source who believes Solder would be a great addition to the lines because he would be able to play guard and tackle for the Lions and, if need be, challenge Gosder Cherilus, a player prone to injury. Solder, 6-foot-8 and 300-plus pounds, is competing with USC's Tyron Smith and Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi to be the first tackle taken.

The Lions hold the 13th overall in April's draft.

h/t to Pride of Detroit, which like the idea but wants to see how the rest of the tackle crops shapes up.