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Demonte` Bolden

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 285 | College: Tennessee
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Bolden has the size to draw comparisons to former Tennessee standout John Henderson -- a top 10 pick of the Jaguars -- early in his career. Bolden is a much different player, relying on quickness rather than bulk or strength to make plays. A transfer from Hargrave Military Academy, Bolden developed into a strong contributor in only his second season with Tennessee, but wasn't been able to take the big step expected. Quicker than you'd think for a player of his size, Bolden has enough upside to warrant a second-day selection, but he might be a year or more away from contributing in the pros.


Positives: Rare size potential with a frame capable of handling at least another 10-15 pounds. … Intriguing all-around athlete. … Flashes good initial quickness and flexibility to re-direct. … Quick hands and feet. … Rare straight-line speed for the position. … Intriguing upside.

Negatives: Not the sum of his parts. … Struggles with leverage. … Frequently comes off the snap too high and lacks the leg drive to hold up at the point of attack. … Flashes initial quickness off the snap, but lacks the upper-body strength to disengage. … Flashes lateral quickness, but is slow to find the ball. … Overaggressive. … Doesn't feel the trap block and attacks upfield. … Doesn't use his length as an advantage against the pass, rarely getting his arms up into the passing lanes. … Low test scores. … May struggle with a complicated playbook.

2007 Season

Games/Starts: 12/12 … Recorded two tackles, including one TFL, and recovered a fumble in first career start at California … Finished with two tackles and had first career PBU against Southern Miss … Had two tackles at Florida … Had two tackles including his first sack of season against Arkansas State … Had season-high four tackles against Georgia … Had four tackles and his third TFL of the season against Mississippi State … Finished with three tackles against Alabama … Lone tackle against South Carolina went for three-yard loss … Had one sack and forced first career fumble against Kentucky.

2006 Season

Games/Starts: 12/0 … First collegiate tackle came against California in season-opener … Scored first multi-tackle game of career with two tackles against Air Force … Finished with two tackles against Marshall … Made first TFL against South Carolina … Set a career-high with four tackles and recorded one TFL against LSU … Finished with two tackles against Arkansas … Logged three tackles against Vanderbilt … Recorded first sack of his career and UT's only sack of game against Kentucky … Finished with three tackles against Wildcats and added three in Outback Bowl.

2005 Season

Games/Starts: 1/0 - Appeared in the Mississippi contest.

High School

Completed course work at Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy and enrolled at UT in January 2005 … Defensive line stalwart for Hargrave squad that went 7-3 … As high school senior, named 2003 Parade All-America selection and USA Today All-USA first team … Class 2A Mr. Football in Tennessee … Played for East squad in 2004 U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Lawrenceburg QB Club State Player of the Year and 2003 East Tennessee Player of the Year … Named to Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 … First-team defense member on Fox Sports Net's 2003 All-South team … Three-time All-State, All-Region and All-City … Tallied 112 tackles, including 64 solo stops, 17 sacks and 27 tackles for loss while leading Tyner to 12-2 finish and berth in second round of playoffs … As junior in 2002, recorded 140 tackles, including 29 tackles for loss and 13 sacks … Four-year starter on defensive front and three-year starter at offensive guard.


Full Name: Demonte' Lebron Bolden … Born Nov. 17, 1985


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