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Solder overwhelms at Colorado's pro day workout

Offensive tackle prospect punishes fellow former Buff. Dave Miller

March 11, 2011
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Former Colorado linebacker Matt Russell was a pretty tough dude back in the day when he was playing in Boulder.

The former All-American won the Butkus Award his senior season as the nation's best at the position after posting a career-high 137 tackles, and he was part of some CU teams that were tough to play against every Saturday — unlike some of the Dan Hawkins-led squads we've seen in recent years.

On Wednesday, however, the 37-year-old college scouting director for the Denver Broncos got owned. He was punked. He was, well, just see for yourself.

The man inflicting the damage? Nate Solder, one of the top offensive tackle prospects in this year's NFL Draft, who was on his game during Colorado's pro day. According to the Denver Post, Solder knocked Russell off-balance on several plays, hit him hard enough on one occasion that it sent his hat flying and threw the former linebacker off his feet and sent him flying in the video clip.

Solder is currently the sixth-ranked offensive tackle on the NFP's Big Board.

It's safe to say that he is ready for draft day.

Email dave.miller@nationalfootballpost.com or follow me on Twitter at Miller_Dave

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