Omar Bolden to Broncos: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Nicholas BedoCorrespondent IApril 28, 2012

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 18: Omar Bolden #3 of the Arizona State Sun Devils returns a kick-off for a touchdown against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Omar Bolden was a four-year starter at Arizona State where he played cornerback and returned kicks for the Sun Devils.

The 5'10", 200-pound Bolden has appeared in 41 games for Arizona State and made 22 consecutive starts, dating back to the middle of his freshman year and onward. As a freshman he was named to multiple freshman All-American teams.

One of his drawbacks is the fact that he is coming off two ACL surgeries, one in 2009 and the other recently in 2011, causing him to miss his senior season at Arizona State. This may scare some general managers as his speed is now somewhat average. As a result, he probably will not return kicks in the NFL, but that's the least of his concerns.

If it was not for his injuries, Bolden had the potential to go in the second or third round of the 2011 draft. He instead opted to return for his senior season and subsequently tore his ACL. 

From ESPN.com:

Possesses above-average movement skills. Can hold up both in a man or zone coverage scheme. Can flip hips and run with receivers down field. Feet are consistently underneath him and is balanced transitioning out of breaks. Only time he gets into trouble is when having to make sudden 180-degree turn. Flashes an extra gear to recover once caught in trail position.

Bolden offers great value as he is a fairly physical player with a solid build. He never really shied away from the run and is a solid tackler. He has good instincts, which largely comes from his experience, and has solid press-coverage skills.

Pick Analysis:

Fantastic value for the Broncos snagging Bolden in the 4th round. If not for injuries, Bolden would've been taken in the 2nd round. If he's healthy, he can be a contributor in nickel packages as a rookie.