2017 NFL DRAFT

Joe Bolden, ILB

School: Michigan  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 230 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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55326-

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
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Player Overview

With Jake Ryan off to the NFL, a lot of leadership responsibilities fell on Bolden's his shoulders for the 2015 season. He responded by starting 11 of 12 games and surpassing the 200 career-tackle mark on Sept. 3 and went on to earn honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.

He finished his career with 28 starts in 51 games at linebacker.

Michigan's top returning tackler on defense, Bolden recorded a career-best 102 tackles in his first full season as a starter in 2014, adding 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Shoots gaps and blows up the ballcarrier before he can hit the hole. Attacks blocks with veracity and toughness, keeping his eyes glued on the ball while using his hands to disengage. He recognizes play designs quickly with the foot quickness and lower-body fluidity to naturally change directions on a dime to stick with running backs and tight ends out of the backfield.

Team captain as a senior and very vocal player during Shrine Game practices, constantly letting offensive players know what they were doing wrong.

WEAKNESSES: Isn't the biggest or most powerful player on the field. Had some hiccups in coverage during Shrine Game practices, but did not look surprised out there, showing improvement with each rep.

IN OUR VIEW: He's very average from a size/speed standpoint, but Bolden is a ball magnet and doesn't play with hesitation, which was noticed by the dozens of NFL scouts in attendance at the Shrine Game practices. He hasn't necessarily convinced anyone he's a future starter, but one scout said, "our defensive coordinator is going to love this kid."

--Dane Brugler (1/21/16)

 
 
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