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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 07:22 PM 05-05-2021
Originally Posted by ChiefsFanatic:
Yeah, I am a Jayhawk, and I love this pick. He is just a football player. He doesn't care what his 40 time is, or his shuttle time, etc. He just makes tackles, and then makes more tackles, and then blows someone up, and goes back to making tackles.

I think he is going to be a big favorite, if not by mid-season, surely by the end of the season. In a couple of years when he is leading the team in tackles and is running the defense, people here will be claiming that they always knew he would turn out so well.

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I can't wait to see Bolton destroying running backs. We have sucked against the run, he should help a lot.
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Halfcan 07:23 PM 05-05-2021
Originally Posted by R Clark:
Damn veach to hell what was he thinking drafting this guy? He better pull his head out of his ass and get this draft business figured out. Bolton is going to make someone feel pretty foolish by yrs end
Probably because our LBer core fucking sucks and Bolton was the best in the SEC. Check out his highlights sometime.
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KChiefs1 07:24 PM 05-05-2021
Watched every Mizzou game & this dude was the most dominant player on the field. I fully expected him to go in the top half of the first round.
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Halfcan 07:33 PM 05-05-2021
Originally Posted by KChiefs1:
Watched every Mizzou game & this dude was the most dominant player on the field. I fully expected him to go in the top half of the first round.
:-)

Can't wait to see him play! So pumped for this pick!
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ChiefsFanatic 07:49 PM 05-05-2021
Originally Posted by Halfcan:
I can't wait to see Bolton destroying running backs. We have sucked against the run, he should help a lot.
DJ wasn't the best linebacker, but he really had a knack for hitting a gap and taking out a ball carriers legs. He could never really cover anyone out of the backfield or a TE, but he was just a tackling machine.

I feel like Bolton is going to fill the vacancy that's been there since DJ left. I have read some articles talking about how smart he is, and that he can pick up a defensive scheme quickly, and I hope that's the case, and he can help Gay understand what's going on too.

I wasn't born until 1971, but I have watched a lot of old games, and we have never really had a dominant linebacking duo since Willie Lanier and Bobby Bell. While Bolton and Gay will obviously never be on that level, I am hoping that they can develop together under Spags and be considered very good players together.

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Halfcan 08:25 PM 05-05-2021
Originally Posted by ChiefsFanatic:
DJ wasn't the best linebacker, but he really had a knack for hitting a gap and taking out a ball carriers legs. He could never really cover anyone out of the backfield or a TE, but he was just a tackling machine.

I feel like Bolton is going to fill the vacancy that's been there since DJ left. I have read some articles talking about how smart he is, and that he can pick up a defensive scheme quickly, and I hope that's the case, and he can help Gay understand what's going on too.

I wasn't born until 1971, but I have watched a lot of old games, and we have never really had a dominant linebacking duo since Willie Lanier and Bobby Bell. While Bolton and Gay will obviously never be on that level, I am hoping that they can develop together under Spags and be considered very good players together.



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Looks like we will have 2 Landlords collecting rent- one in the backfield and then Bolton on the line. :-)
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RunKC 06:49 PM 05-08-2021
Originally Posted by duncan_idaho:
The Devin Bush comparison is an interesting and apt one... if you say he's Devin Bush minus the elite-elite athleticism (so about 80-85 percent of Devin Bush).

He's a smart LB who will QB the defense, defend the run well, handle short area pass defense adequately against most targets, and in general be an above-average contributor.

In all, that's a pretty good player and a solid get in the second round.
Just heard a very interesting comparison: Lavonte David

I can definitely see that comparison too. Similar size, athleticism and play style. Ironically David was drafted in the 2nd rd at pick 58 like Bolton.

If this kid is anything close to David itís a great pick
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CoMoChief 06:56 PM 05-08-2021
Ran into Mitch Morse at KCI on this past Thurs.

He was with wife/kid.

Lives in KC in offseason, some prob knew that but I didn't.

He was on his way back up to NY.

Loves the Nick Bolton pick for KC, but doesn't wanna have to play him....says dude just has a nastiness about him. Says he'll know soon enough lol.

Told him good luck this next season except vs KC.
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big nasty kcnut 02:38 PM 05-13-2021
Kansas City Chiefs signed second-round draft pick Nick Bolton to $5.834 million contract that includes $1.602 million signing bonus.

We got him signed.
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Bl00dyBizkitz 02:52 PM 05-13-2021
DROY inbound.
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