Draft Profile: LB Nick Bolton, Missouri

Steve Johnson

Photo Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Pos. LB
Ht. 5’11 1/8″
Wt. 237
Class. 3JR
College. Missouri
DOB. 3/10/00

Stats/Accolades/History:
2018: 13 games. 22 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack
2019: 12 games. 103 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 1 sack, 2 int (38 yards, TD), 7 pass break ups
2020: 10 games. 95 tackles, 8 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 FR, 5 pass break ups
Misc. Stats. 1 KR for 10 yards

Accolades. 2019 First team All-SEC, 2020 First team All-SEC

Injury History.

History. Three-star prospect from Frisco, TX. Two-time district MVP and first team All-State at Lone Star. Father, played at Louisiana Tech.

Strengths: Stocky, muscular frame. Physical and aggressive demeanor. Isn’t afraid to mix it up with the hogs. Ability to dip his shoulder and get under linemen, in pursuit of the ball carrier. Can lay the wood. Absolutely looks to punish. Good, wrap up tackler. Quick to react and react. Smart and instinctive player. Special teams experience.

Weaknesses: Undersized. Below average length. Not a great athlete, specifically laterally. Really below average agility (logged 4.5 short shuttle, 7.4 3-cone drill). Not very explosive. Will be a liability matching up with both tight ends and backs.

Overview: Bolton plays with more athleticism than his testing numbers suggest, but he clearly does have limitations. Limited by size and lateral agility, he’ll have issues matching up with backs out of the backfield and tight ends. He’s great in the run game, he diagnoses quickly and fires through holes. He reminds me of a less athletic Devin Bush, he’s definitely a thumper.

Evaluation based on. Alabama 20′, Georgia 20′, Florida 20′

Draft Projection: Early-Mid 2nd Round

Draft Grade: 5.75

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