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Dante84 04-30-2021 07:05 PM

*****The Nick Bolton Thread*****
 
More to come!

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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.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/_nickbolton2?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@_nickbolton2</a> gets the call from One Arrowhead Drive �� <a href="https://t.co/1XgaCeBy8R">pic.twitter.com/1XgaCeBy8R</a></p>&mdash; Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) <a href="https://twitter.com/Chiefs/status/1388333801126998016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Hank Hill 04-30-2021 07:05 PM

LOVE THIS PICK!

Jewish Rabbi 04-30-2021 07:07 PM

DROY guaranteed mother ****ers

O.city 04-30-2021 07:07 PM

Well I’m dumb

Detox has made me look dumb this week

Coach 04-30-2021 07:07 PM

Works for me. Anything to get that Ben Niemann on the damn bench, where he belongs.

staylor26 04-30-2021 07:07 PM

Not what I wanted, but I’ll take it.

The Franchise 04-30-2021 07:08 PM

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Nick Bolton was drafted with pick 58 of round 2 in the 2021 draft class. He scored a 4.62 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 1161 out of 2155 LB from 1987 to 2021. <a href="https://t.co/eBxiv4gUsq">https://t.co/eBxiv4gUsq</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RAS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RAS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Chiefs?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Chiefs</a> <a href="https://t.co/pJtZskZjBr">pic.twitter.com/pJtZskZjBr</a></p>&mdash; Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) <a href="https://twitter.com/MathBomb/status/1388299024780963847?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

thabear04 04-30-2021 07:08 PM

Gay and Bolton good pair of LB.

KurtCobain 04-30-2021 07:08 PM

I'VE BEEN TELLING YOU ****ERS!!!

staylor26 04-30-2021 07:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thabear04 (Post 15654987)
Gay and Bolton good pair of LB.

Yea we have our LBís finally.

Kellerfox 04-30-2021 07:08 PM

Love it. In on page 1.

Deberg_1990 04-30-2021 07:09 PM

We sign this piece of sh*t yet?

MMXcalibur 04-30-2021 07:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Coach (Post 15654967)
Works for me. Anything to get that Ben Niemann on the damn bench, where he belongs.

Amen to this.

comochiefsfan 04-30-2021 07:09 PM

You want physicality, you got it.

This guy is a ****ing thumper.

MIZ

Sofa King 04-30-2021 07:09 PM

In!

Kidd Lex 04-30-2021 07:09 PM

How am I supposed to feel? Love the position of need and sounds like bpa

-King- 04-30-2021 07:09 PM

I don't know much about him but I trust our FO. Middle of our defense should be amazing.

TribalElder 04-30-2021 07:09 PM

In

he probably in the car on the way to kc right now

AussieChiefsFan 04-30-2021 07:09 PM

Keen to see him get out on the field!

Dante84 04-30-2021 07:10 PM

I don't love it, with Jabril Cox available. Meh.

Hope he's a HOF'er. Go Chiefs.

louie aguiar 04-30-2021 07:10 PM

MIZ

CupidStunt 04-30-2021 07:10 PM

30 on Daniel Jeremiah's board. Huge need. Amazing kid (watch the feature on him and his family). Went to local school.

A+ pick

In58men 04-30-2021 07:10 PM

Veach knows

Hammock Parties 04-30-2021 07:11 PM

Veach building the LB corps.

Bolton, Gay, a MLB to be named later.

BryanBusby 04-30-2021 07:11 PM

Wasn't on my list, but I understand it.

Get rid of Ben ****ing Niemann tomorrow. Please.

RunKC 04-30-2021 07:11 PM

4.6 40 and 7.40 3 cone

I don’t get this pick

warpaint* 04-30-2021 07:11 PM

Great player. One of the best LBs I have ever seen at Mizzou.

YayMike 04-30-2021 07:12 PM

This defense is gonna be NASTY!

carcosa 04-30-2021 07:12 PM

I celebrate Nick Bolton's entire catalogue!!!!

Red Dawg 04-30-2021 07:12 PM

Been bitching since we took DJ that we ignore LB on draft day. Gay and Bolton will be good.

DTVietnam 04-30-2021 07:12 PM

I learned to not question Veach

he knows how to get good locker room guys ready to work ..

bye to ben nieman... although with all the hate Ben gets...he came up big in the superbowl ..

MMXcalibur 04-30-2021 07:13 PM

Any injury history at all on Bolton?

pugsnotdrugs19 04-30-2021 07:13 PM

Fascinated to see his role. Would guess he’s purely the base WILL and backup to Hitchens and Gay in 2021.

Does this mean Niemann is done? Please

carcosa 04-30-2021 07:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RunKC (Post 15655038)
4.6 40 and 7.40 3 cone

I donít get this pick

He's football fast, bich!!!!

carcosa 04-30-2021 07:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DTVietnam (Post 15655052)
I learned to not question Veach

https://thumbs.gfycat.com/CleanWelli...restricted.gif

RunKC 04-30-2021 07:14 PM

I am very happy that Neimann is done but I think Spags wants 3 backers but was forced to have 2 in his time here so he probably pushed for this move

The Franchise 04-30-2021 07:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by louie aguiar (Post 15655028)
MIZ

GAY

Hammock Parties 04-30-2021 07:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RunKC (Post 15655038)
4.6 40 and 7.40 3 cone

I donít get this pick

uh not every LB is running in the 4.5s

jesus

O.city 04-30-2021 07:15 PM

I’d guess the hope is he’s Eric kendricks

Tribal Warfare 04-30-2021 07:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Franchise (Post 15654977)
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Nick Bolton was drafted with pick 58 of round 2 in the 2021 draft class. He scored a 4.62 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 1161 out of 2155 LB from 1987 to 2021. <a href="https://t.co/eBxiv4gUsq">https://t.co/eBxiv4gUsq</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RAS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RAS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Chiefs?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Chiefs</a> <a href="https://t.co/pJtZskZjBr">pic.twitter.com/pJtZskZjBr</a></p>&mdash; Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) <a href="https://twitter.com/MathBomb/status/1388299024780963847?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>


It goes completely opposite what they look for after what happened with the Speaks bust.

MahomesMagic 04-30-2021 07:15 PM

They never take the guys I want at lb.

Oh well, hopefully we get someone good with our 2nd 2nd.

TwistedChief 04-30-2021 07:17 PM

I look forward to the day that he and Gay are ready and our LBers aren't a massive liability.

staylor26 04-30-2021 07:17 PM

I don’t know how anybody can not like Bolton.

Not thrilled? I get that, but he’s a ****ing animal.

pugsnotdrugs19 04-30-2021 07:18 PM

Well you hope it doesn’t happen, but IF Gay or Hitchens get injured, it’s a pick we are going to be very grateful for

Red Dawg 04-30-2021 07:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MahomesMagic (Post 15655086)
They never take the guys I want at lb.

Oh well, hopefully we get someone good with our 2nd 2nd.

They never takes guys anyone wants at LB. DJ was the last.

RunKC 04-30-2021 07:18 PM

Okay I’m warming up.
Dude has attitude

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Welcome to Kansas City, Nick Bolton <br><br> <a href="https://t.co/27dKgmaYU5">pic.twitter.com/27dKgmaYU5</a></p>&mdash; PFF Draft (@PFF_College) <a href="https://twitter.com/PFF_College/status/1388298532780642306?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Hank Hill 04-30-2021 07:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Franchise (Post 15655080)
GAY

Also this

Easy 6 04-30-2021 07:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dante84 (Post 15655027)
I don't love it, with Jabril Cox available. Meh.

Hope he's a HOF'er. Go Chiefs.

Its a process, your choice to be a fan... :evil:

BigChiefFan 04-30-2021 07:21 PM

They stuck to their draft board and got a hammer at LBer. A lot of people had him rated as a 1st rounder. We added a quality player to the defense and should contribute immediately.

Molitoth 04-30-2021 07:21 PM

In Veach I trust.

kccrow 04-30-2021 07:21 PM

Bolton was considered a borderline 1st round player by just about everyone throughout the offseason. In no way do I consider it a bad pick. A+ pickup.

staylor26 04-30-2021 07:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RunKC (Post 15655118)
Okay Iím warming up.
Dude has attitude

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Welcome to Kansas City, Nick Bolton <br><br> <a href="https://t.co/27dKgmaYU5">pic.twitter.com/27dKgmaYU5</a></p>&mdash; PFF Draft (@PFF_College) <a href="https://twitter.com/PFF_College/status/1388298532780642306?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

High highlight reel is full of GL and short yardage stops. Itís crazy.

KurtCobain 04-30-2021 07:21 PM

Future hall of famer.

staylor26 04-30-2021 07:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kccrow (Post 15655138)
Bolton was considered a borderline 1st round player by just about everyone throughout the offseason. In no way do I consider it a bad pick. A+ pickup.

Exactly.

Rainbarrel 04-30-2021 07:22 PM

When the rest of the AFC West think they're about to crawl out. Knock then back into the shit stained hell they belong in.

comochiefsfan 04-30-2021 07:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by staylor26 (Post 15655111)
I donít know how anybody can not like Bolton.

Not thrilled? I get that, but heís a ****ing animal.

Gay U fans.

Tribal Warfare 04-30-2021 07:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kccrow (Post 15655138)
Bolton was considered a borderline 1st round player by just about everyone throughout the offseason. In no way do I consider it a bad pick. A+ pickup.


As it stands as a snap reaction it's C grade for me

Hank Hill 04-30-2021 07:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tribal Warfare (Post 15655163)
As it stands as a snap reaction it's C grade for me

Grading players less than 15 minutes after they're drafted usually works out well.

Brody Wa 04-30-2021 07:24 PM

Gay and Bolton will be a force to be reckoned with for the next decade or so. Iím in

notorious 04-30-2021 07:26 PM

Very impressive instincts.

He flows well to the ball and does an excellent job finishing.

I like this pick so far.

Halfcan 04-30-2021 07:26 PM

Build the defense!

Tribal Warfare 04-30-2021 07:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TLO (Post 15655170)
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.

:facepalm:

Hammock Parties 04-30-2021 07:27 PM

did someone say gay bolton?

https://media.tenor.com/images/1581d...4956/tenor.gif

notorious 04-30-2021 07:27 PM

Once he sees an opening he hits the gap very fast and closes.

Halfcan 04-30-2021 07:27 PM

Big 12 Offensive lineman of the year!

Love it! Center has been an issue.

Hank Hill 04-30-2021 07:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Halfcan (Post 15655235)
Big 12 Offensive lineman of the year!

Love it! Center has been an issue.

HELL YES

Hank Hill 04-30-2021 07:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tribal Warfare (Post 15655205)
Like haven't done my research, the dude is drag down tackler and is an average athlete.

:facepalm:

Dude. Regardless of how much research you've done, giving a draft pick a grade is silly.

Tribal Warfare 04-30-2021 07:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TLO (Post 15655280)
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.

htismaqe 04-30-2021 07:40 PM

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.

WhawhaWhat 04-30-2021 07:41 PM

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chiefs coach Andy Reid on Nick Bolton: &quot;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.&quot;</p>&mdash; Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) <a href="https://twitter.com/Dave_Matter/status/1388307250989649922?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

htismaqe 04-30-2021 07:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by staylor26 (Post 15655111)
I donít know how anybody can not like Bolton.

Not thrilled? I get that, but heís a ****ing 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.

New World Order 04-30-2021 07:42 PM

Dude can shoot the gap and hit that's for sure.

kccrow 04-30-2021 07:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by New World Order (Post 15655357)
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.

Basileus777 04-30-2021 07:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tribal Warfare (Post 15655338)
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?

BIG K 04-30-2021 07:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RunKC (Post 15655038)
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.

IowaHawkeyeChief 04-30-2021 07:47 PM

Typical haters in here that wanted a receiver. We have 2 elite targets in HIll and Kelce and this new offensive line will make any #3 and #4 look good with Mahomes and the Defense not being able to drop 7-8 every down...

TEX 04-30-2021 07:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tribal Warfare (Post 15655205)
Like haven't done my research, the dude is drag down tackler and is an average athlete.

:facepalm:

Undersized and not real fast either. I dont like the pick but the Chiefs have time to coach him up. Im sure they know a lot more than me.

Tribal Warfare 04-30-2021 07:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Basileus777 (Post 15655369)
You're telling me they didn't get a guaranteed star with the 58th pick?


Minimize expectations, this kid isn't a freak like Thornhill.

htismaqe 04-30-2021 07:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TEX (Post 15655390)
Undersized and not real fast either. I dont like the pick but the Chiefs have time to coach him up. Im sure they know a lot more than me.

Andy Reid went out of his way to talk about how smart Bolton is.

He's going to be calling the defense once Hitchens is gone.

That's a really, really important piece.

Dunerdr 04-30-2021 07:50 PM

I just canít get excited about this with basham still on the board. I get it, but Iím hurt.


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