I have seen a lot of mock drafts lately where the Colts draft Nate Solder OT out of Colorado. Physically he reminds me of Phil Loadholt of the Minnesota Vikings (6'8" 343lbs.) The following is a snipit from a pre-draft report about Loadholt, sound familiar?
Loadholt has to prove that he can deal with quick ends and keep his head in the game. 2/12 Update: Loadholt will still struggle with his lateral movement, but that is not a big surprise for a 6-8, 345 pound tackle. His showing during Senior Week was quite impressive and he was pushing away smaller ends all week long. His foot speed is not going to get much better with time, so NFL teams pretty much know what they are getting and he will make a decent left or right tackle for just about any team. He will need to do some work before he is a dominating tackle, but he could be starting on the right side for a few teams this year.
From FFToolbox.com http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=1621#ixzz1KCjVIUCc
Loadholt played RT as a rookie and remains there today
because the Vikes have one of if not the best LT in the league in Steve Hutchinson despite playing across from Bryant McKinnee at LT who is not really anything special. Loadholt hasn't really blown anybody away and he really got beat quite a few times as a rookie, but is developing into a great player. The quesion is, will Peyton Manning be able to wait for Solder to come around in a few years if he developes similar to Loadholt?