2017 NFL Draft: AFC West first round recap and analysis
After a remarkably bad 2016 season, the Denver Broncos’ offensive line has been revamped. Garett Bolles may be 25 years old as a rookie, but he’s exactly the type of player the Broncos needed up front.
Denver’s new starting left tackle was the first offensive lineman off the board, which is a bit odd for any draft (at 20 overall) but in this year’s class, it made sense.
As good as Bolles was in his one season at Utah (played at Snow College and was JUCO All-American), there are questions about his overall core strength and ability to quickly transition to the next level.
For me, those questions won’t be enough of an issue that Bolles won’t excel even as a rookie. He is an elite athlete with great feet that can mirror in pass protection and put guys in the dirt in the running game. The Broncos needed an element of toughness on the offensive line after going the ‘finesse’ route with Gary Kubiak’s zone scheme, and this offseason, they brought in Ronald Leary and now Bolles.
There could be some extra curricular activities on the field at Broncos practices with these two guys playing to (or past…) the whistle.