Linebacker Nick Bolton, formerly of Missouri and now with the Kansas City Chiefs, could be ready for a career year in 2018. Fans of the Tigers know what a tough middle linebacker he was during his time in Columbia but do NFL fans know what they’re getting?
During a portion of “Good Morning Football” on NFL Network, analyst Peter Schrager praised Bolton’s performance in his first season with the Chiefs. Schrager has faith in Bolton heading into Year 2 due in large part to Bolton’s ability to play the run and make plays in coverage.
Schrager praised him, saying, “He’s pretty good at covering.” This was only his rookie year, and he’s already making plays and being “Jonny on the spot. I think Nick Bolton will break out this year, and the Chiefs’ defense will get a little more attention.
— Good Morning Football (@gmfb) September 2, 2022
Bolton, who was drafted 58th overall and started 12 games as a rookie for Kansas City, with 112 tackles. Against the Denver Broncos in Week 17, he recorded 11 tackles for loss, 3 pass deflections, and a 58-yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown.
Texas native and 3-star linebacker commits to Missouri in 2018. Bolton spent three years playing for the Tigers and finished with 220 tackles, 17.5 for loss, 12 pass breakups, 4 sacks, and 2 interceptions to his name.
In 2018, as a freshman at Missouri, he started all 13 games he appeared in and finished with 22 tackles and one sack. This year, 2019, he is a sophomore, and he has already established himself as a starter.
After a season in which he recorded 103 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 1 sack, he was named to the SEC’s first team. Nick completed his junior year in 2020, a COVID-19 season with ten games, with 95 tackles and two sacks.
Once again, he received All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors. Further, he was named to the AP’s All-America Second Team.
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