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The Marty Lounge>*****The Nick Bolton Thread*****
Dante84 07:05 PM 04-30-2021
More to come!







Originally Posted by :
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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Detoxing 08:23 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by ROYC75:
His speed and weaknesses scare me.
They're not going to ask him to do things he's not good at doing. Leave that kind of stuff to the Willie Gays of the world.
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staylor26 08:25 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by wazu:
Donít like it. Wouldíve preferred Marshall.
So would many of us, but we have no idea how they felt about the medicals.
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RunKC 08:25 PM 04-30-2021
I know I’ll get flamed for this but it feels a bit like the Speaks pick. I trust Veach but I was very meh on this kid.

I’m not hating. But this was very “meh” to me. Like I wasn’t excited.

Hope I’m wrong obviously bc he apparently is smart as hell and can replace Hitch. Just my 2 cents
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Detoxing 08:26 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by RunKC:
I know Iíll get flamed for this but it feels a bit like the Speaks pick. I trust Veach but I was very meh on this kid.

Iím not hating. But this was very ďmehĒ to me. Like I wasnít excited.

Hope Iím wrong obviously bc he apparently is smart as hell and can replace Hitch. Just my 2 cents
Probably because you thought you were getting a WR.
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Chiefshrink 08:26 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by Detoxing:
I was hoping for a WR like everyone else, but this is a good pick and at a position some of us kinda figured they'd address.
My sentiments as well but they must know there is some really great hidden gems at the WR position even in the 4th and Veach did say LB was weak this year and probably felt Bolton was the last playmaker knowing the Saints were LB needy as well and sure enough Saints took the LB from Ohio State.
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Wisconsin_Chief 08:27 PM 04-30-2021
I don’t know much about him but I have no doubt in a room of the 100 best NFL coaches, scouts and executives that Veach and Reid are 1A and 1B so I have zero concern. We needed a LB, they took a LB. I’m guessing they know how they’re going to use him.
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The Franchise 08:27 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by RunKC:
I know Iíll get flamed for this but it feels a bit like the Speaks pick. I trust Veach but I was very meh on this kid.

Iím not hating. But this was very ďmehĒ to me. Like I wasnít excited.

Hope Iím wrong obviously bc he apparently is smart as hell and can replace Hitch. Just my 2 cents
Iím there too. It was just meh to me.
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nychief 08:28 PM 04-30-2021
Spags signed off on this, the kid is just a football player... if you watched a single snap with him at mizzou, then ya know.
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staylor26 08:28 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by RunKC:
I know Iíll get flamed for this but it feels a bit like the Speaks pick. I trust Veach but I was very meh on this kid.

Iím not hating. But this was very ďmehĒ to me. Like I wasnít excited.

Hope Iím wrong obviously bc he apparently is smart as hell and can replace Hitch. Just my 2 cents
:-)

This is nothing like the Speaks pick. At all.

Bolton went lower than expected. He was at one time a 1st round prospect.
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wazu 08:29 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by staylor26:
So would many of us, but we have no idea how they felt about the medicals.
Yeah. In Veach we trust. Seems to have done a masterful job with the o-line which matters more.
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Detoxing 08:30 PM 04-30-2021
Reggie Ragland before the busted knees.
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DaneMcCloud 08:30 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by RunKC:
I know I’ll get flamed for this but it feels a bit like the Speaks pick. I trust Veach but I was very meh on this kid.

I’m not hating. But this was very “meh” to me. Like I wasn’t excited.

Hope I’m wrong obviously bc he apparently is smart as hell and can replace Hitch. Just my 2 cents
The way I look at it is that the Orlando Brown jr acquisition and the Creed Humphrey selection made it so the Chiefs crushed the 2021 draft.

Those two guys alone are really more than I expected in one offseason. Add in Jarran Reed and Veach gets an A+++.

If Bolton and any other selection can make an impact in 2021 and beyond, even better.
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KC2004 08:31 PM 04-30-2021
Originally Posted by staylor26:
:-)

This is nothing like the Speaks pick. At all.

Bolton went lower than expected. He was at one time a 1st round prospect.
Spent a lot of years on here listening to people tell me how bad a draft pick is only to watch them blow up. I will reserve judgement. Don't know why I quoted you but I felt on your side.
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Flying High D 08:31 PM 04-30-2021
BRing him in for a look, what could it hurt?
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Chiefspants 08:31 PM 04-30-2021
Chiefsplanet: “WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO KEEP BEN NIEMANN OFF THE FIELD”

Veach drafts the best possible replacement available: “NO! NOT LIKE THAT!!”

I’m exaggerating a bit, but still.
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