Sept. 24, 2011; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils cornerback Omar Bolden (3) prior to the game against the Southern California Trojans at Sun Devil Stadium. The Sun Devils beat the Trojans 43-22. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Broncos Select CB Omar Bolden In 4th Round


The Broncos kick start their last day of the draft by selecting cornerback Omar Bolden of Arizona State with the 6th pick in the fourth round.

The Broncos had to draft a cornerback at some point, and Bolden is highly touted by Mike Mayock and John Elway.

“We drafted CB Omar Bolden from Arizona St. He’s a physical cornerback with good cover skills who fits the mentality of our defense.” – John Elway (Twitter)

Here’s a quick scouting report from FF Toolbox:

Arizona State cornerback Omar Bolden was an impact starter for three years with the Sun Devils. There are injury concerns as he previously tore his ACL back in 2009. With that in mind, he is a formidable player with excellent man coverage skills.

Bolden is talented enough to start almost immediately in the right system. He can play isolated on the outside and shows a great ability to bump and run. He’s not quite as good in zone coverage, but he has enough of a burst out of his stance to make plays on the ball. Bolden isn’t particularly fast yet, he can change directions very well. He’s very strong in his upper half which will help him tremendously against bigger targets.

Rather than relying on instincts, he will peek into the backfield when in off coverage. He’ll have to learn he can’t do that nearly as much in the NFL. There will be some transition issues since he very rarely played the slot in college. Due to his strength and solid football IQ, he shouldn’t have problems becoming a solid pro.

Bolden will also be a return man for the team. He should develop nicely under Champ Bailey and Tracy Porter’s watch.

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