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The Marty Lounge>*****The Nick Bolton Thread*****
Dante84 07:05 PM 04-30-2021
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Bolton played in all 13 games as a true freshman (22 tackles, one sack) after earning Dallas Morning News first-team all-state honors at Lone Star High School (130 tackles, 16 for loss, five interceptions). He went from promising youngster to SEC star in 2019, earning first-team all-conference honors after leading the league with 8.9 tackles per game (107 total, 7.5 for loss), intercepting two passes and breaking up eight others in 12 starts. He was named second-team Associated Press All-American, first-team All-SEC and a Butkus Award finalist in 2020, leading his defense with 95 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss (including two sacks), while breaking up five passes in 10 starts. Bolton's father, Carlos, played football at Louisiana Tech. -- by Chad Reuter

Overview
When you think about strong, forceful inside linebackers, Bolton is the type of player you might be envisioning. He's going to fall below typical NFL starter standards from a size standpoint, but his rugged frame and forceful demeanor help make up for it. Play recognition and pursuit instincts help carry him to the football and he's a message-sending striker when he gets the runner squared up. He has functional short-area burst between the tackles but will struggle to run down the outside run if he's not close enough to the action. He will need to lean heavier on his instincts to help speed him up because of size and speed limitations. Bolton plays with good field recognition when dropping into zone and has a history of making plays on the football in coverage. He's a three-down linebacker who can make an immediate contribution on special teams and has the potential to become a future starter.
Strengths
  • Very tough with a physical edge.
  • Plays with demeanor teams look for in the middle.
  • Field-savvy with instincts to diagnose misdirection.
  • Identifies and communicates.
  • Heavy hands with good pop to take on blocks.
  • Pursues ball-carrier with patience and leverage.
  • Fluid alterations to his pursuit angles.
  • Excellent feel for attack timing downhill.
  • Meets runners with violent collisions in the hole.
  • Strikes like he's trying to send a message.
  • Great awareness and ballhawking as spot dropper.
  • Has enough man-cover talent to play on all three downs.
  • Thrived on kick- and punt-cover teams early in his career.
Weaknesses
  • Average lateral quickness traps him behind climbing blocks.
  • Inconsistent to strike and separate from blockers.
  • Needs to improve angles to elude box traffic.
  • Might need to take a few more chances as a pro.
  • Top-end speed appears below average.
  • Loses ground when pursuit flows wide.
  • Below-average lateral agility as open-field tackler.
  • Will have to play quicker to deal with NFL slashers.

.@_nickbolton2 gets the call from One Arrowhead Drive �� pic.twitter.com/1XgaCeBy8R

— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) May 1, 2021

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Halfcan 07:26 PM 04-30-2021
Build the defense!
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Tribal Warfare 07:26 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by TLO:
Grading players less than 15 minutes after they're drafted usually works out well.

Like haven't done my research, the dude is drag down tackler and is an average athlete.

:-)
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Hammock Parties 07:27 PM 04-30-2021
did someone say gay bolton?


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notorious 07:27 PM 04-30-2021
Once he sees an opening he hits the gap very fast and closes.
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Halfcan 07:27 PM 04-30-2021
Big 12 Offensive lineman of the year!

Love it! Center has been an issue.
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TLO 07:29 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by Halfcan:
Big 12 Offensive lineman of the year!

Love it! Center has been an issue.
HELL YES
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TLO 07:29 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by Halfcan:
Big 12 Offensive lineman of the year!

Love it! Center has been an issue.
HELL YES
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TLO 07:31 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by Tribal Warfare:
Like haven't done my research, the dude is drag down tackler and is an average athlete.

:-)
Dude. Regardless of how much research you've done, giving a draft pick a grade is silly.
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Tribal Warfare 07:38 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by TLO:
Dude. Regardless of how much research you've done, giving a draft pick a grade is silly.

No joke, with the limited info and everybody wanting to go into bukake mode trying to aim it in the eye of Tom Brady we need to pump the brakes because with what known he seems like a roleplayer.
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htismaqe 07:40 PM 04-30-2021
The bottom line is that Hitchens is set to cost almost $11M against the cap next year and his dead cap hit drops from $21M this year to just $8M next year.

Bolton has the time to learn the defense before he takes over as the full time MLB next year.

It was a necessary move for the future because we can't afford to pay Hitchens that much and Bolton will likely be an upgrade for a lot less money.
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WhawhaWhat 07:41 PM 04-30-2021

Chiefs coach Andy Reid on Nick Bolton: "What you’re going to get with him is an all-out, aggressive, smart player. Not the biggest guy but very, very tough. ... Tremendous leadership."

— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) May 1, 2021

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htismaqe 07:42 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by staylor26:
I donít know how anybody can not like Bolton.

Not thrilled? I get that, but heís a fucking animal.
When you have so many DE and WR possibilities sitting there, no, it's not thrilling.

That being said, Bolton was a fringe first round talent and he plays a position where will have a HUGE need next year. He has time to learn Spags' defense this year, kind of the same way Gay did and he's going to need it, because in September 2022, he's likely your defensive signal caller.
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New World Order 07:42 PM 04-30-2021
Dude can shoot the gap and hit that's for sure.
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kccrow 07:43 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by New World Order:
Dude can shoot the gap and hit that's for sure.
We haven't had a guy that can do that in a long time.
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Basileus777 07:44 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by Tribal Warfare:
No joke, with the limited info and everybody wanting to go into bukake mode trying to aim it in the eye of Tom Brady we need to pump the brakes because with what known he seems like a roleplayer.
You're telling me they didn't get a guaranteed star with the 58th pick?
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BIG K 07:44 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by RunKC:
4.6 40 and 7.40 3 cone

I donít get this pick
Certainly not Donnie Edwards speed but, his sideline to sideline movement reminds me of him. Donnie was undersized as well but pushed Simeon to the sidelines in 1997.
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