Expert: Bucky Brooks (Official NFL website)
Prediction: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
If Bucky Brooks’ prediction runs true, the Broncos will be taking Utah offensive tackle Garett Bolles with the 20th pick in April’s draft.
Bolles displays top flight athleticism and has shown an ability to get down the field for second and even third blocks. The greatest feature of his game is his footwork, with many scouts believing he possesses the best footwork of any line man in this years draft. He is excellent at handling pass rushers off the edge when need be and has legitimate NFL size at 6’5″ and 300lbs. He is best utilized in the passing game and has the potential to become an elite blocker at the next level.
Bolles has an interesting back story as chronicled in The Salt Lake Tribune. He grew up playing football and lacrosse through his teenage years but was suspended or expelled from five schools. He was arrested for vandalising a school campus in 2010 before being kicked out of home. His lacrosse coach at the time took Bolles in and offered him work as a garage repairman.
Bolles worked with his lacrosse coach for two years before deciding to volunteer at a church in Colorado Springs. From there, Bolles attended Snow College in Utah hoping to reignite his football career. Reignite it, he did.
After two dominant seasons there, Bolles transferred to Utah. In his lone season with the Utes, he was named to the All-Pac-12 team and proved he can play football at an elite level.
Bolles has certainly turned his life around and any potential issues teams may have to do with his character should have been put to rest a long time ago. With Donald Stephenson having an underwhelming season in 2016, Bolles could come in and make a difference straight away for the Broncos’ offensive line.