Cowboys 2021 draft prospects: Missouri LB Nick Bolton scouting report

The Cowboys will probably add some linebacker assist in the upcoming draft. With Joe Thomas leaving and the unsure standing of Sean Lee, it must be a part of their present technique. One choice would take an early choose.

Title: Nick Bolton

Faculty: Missouri

Peak: 6-0

Weight: 235

Class: Junior

Place: LB

Jersey: #32


Extraordinarily quick, bodily, and a giant hitter when coming downhill and sideline-to-sideline. Performs with great explosiveness in any respect three ranges of the sphere. Whereas being undersized, nothing about Bolton’s recreation exhibits it. Bolton performs a lot larger than his listed measurement, whereas utilizing his smaller body to knife by gaps to make tackles within the backfield. He comes downhill with fury in opposition to ball carriers and offensive linemen, and modifications course with ease within the open-field. Stonewalls ball carriers in holes with pop in his pads, and does the identical to pulling linemen within the operating recreation. Love his potential as a canopy linebacker displaying spectacular expertise in each man and zone. Learn and react expertise are off the charts, and his instincts improved yearly. Disrupts the pocket together with his potential to hurry the passer. Three-down, quick influence linebacker with blue-chip potential.


Nonetheless has some growing to do when it comes to his instincts, displaying far too typically the flexibility to shoot the flawed gaps when attacking ball carriers within the backfield. Angles may enhance as at occasions he will get caught chasing, giving up further yards when working laterally. On the smaller facet, and whereas it not often hurts him, his lack of size can present up when taking over blockers. Will quit some some extra yardage resulting from attempting to run by ball carriers, as a substitute of going for the clear, wrap-up deal with.

General Abstract:

Whereas he might not be the linebacker with the perfect traits within the 2021 NFL Draft, he’s the one I’ve essentially the most confidence in being a long-time, Professional Bowl-caliber participant. Bolton’s confidence, effort, and alpha-male mentality each as a run defender and blitzer make him a particularly thrilling prospect that may probably get ignored due to his top and lack of size. Together with his velocity and skill to cowl sideline-to-sideline, Bolton’s influence as a run defender, blitzer, and the talents he presents in protection have me very enthusiastic about his quick influence, and ceiling as he continues to develop his instincts. Jogs my memory plenty of Deion Jones in Dan Quinn’s scheme in Atlanta (who was additionally undersized), who can cowl, run & chase, and play with some downhill pop. If the Cowboys look to commerce again into the primary, Nick Bolton would deliver an instantaneous influence to the Cowboys linebacker room, who has plenty of query marks heading into 2021.

Spherical Grade:

1st (#14 General)

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