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2011 NFL Draft: Colorado's Nate Solder To The Lions In Jeff Legwold's Projection

In recent mock drafts, Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder usually appeared in the 20s, likely No. 22 to the Indianapolis Colts. It's a good fit, obviously, because Peyton Manning could use a big body to protect him. However, the Denver Post's Jeff Legwold has released his first round mock draft and he sees Solder vaulting up to No. 13 for the Detroit Lions. Their quarterback, Matthew Stafford, has seen the field for only 13 games in his two-year career. He played in just three games in 2010 due to a right shoulder injury.

Solder winds up going this high because at No. 9 the Cowboys select USC tackle Tyron Smith, who has emerged as the top tackle taken in most drafts. Solder's teammate, Jimmy Smith, lasts until the Baltimore Ravens nab him at No. 26. He calls Smith a "value player" who falls, likely because some teams are scared with youthful indiscretions Smith had when he was a freshman.

Legwold doesn't deviate with the Broncos pick, however. Though he believes there still could be a curveball, Legwold sticks with Alabama DT Marcell Dareus. It's hard to fault anyone now if they project Dareus.

The NFL Draft runs April 28-30.