Mel Kiper Mocks Nate Solder To Giants

Oh My God! Stop what you are doing! The earth just stopped rotating, at least for a second. This can only mean that Mel Kiper of ESPN has released the latest version of his 2011 NFL Mock Draft.

All we care about here is who Mr. Never Has A Hair Out Of Place or, if you prefer, Mr. Don't You Dare Challenge My Draft Opinion' has mocked to the New York Giants with the 19th pick. Answer:

Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

Interestingly, in Kiper's mock offensive tackles Anthony Castonzo (Boston College), Gabe Carimi (Wisconsin) and Ben Ijalana (Villanova) all go later in Round 1. Guard Mike Pouncey also goes later in the round. Linebacker Akeem Ayers, also often connected to the Giants, goes 21st to Kansas City.

Here is Kiper on Solder:

Solder is another tackle defined by his athletic frame and ability to move for the position. Probably not an immediate starter at left tackle because of developing pass-blocking skills, Solder still is a good value here. A player with a massive 6-foot-8 frame who manages good leverage at the point of attack, he gets good surge as a run-blocker and works well to the second level. No injury history and very smart, he should become a solid NFL starter in short order.

Sorry, but every time I think about Kiper now I think about watching the steam practically rise off his head during the 2010 Draft as he watched Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen sink into the second round. I'm not sure Mel has ever gotten over no one taking Clausen in the top 10, since that's where Mel was adamant he belonged.

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