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Brandon Bolden

Brandon Bolden - #34 - RB

Height: 5-10 7/8
Weight: 222
Speed: 4.64
Arm: 32 1/4
Hand: 10
Wingspan: 76 7/8
Birthdate: 01/26/1990
Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Grade: 5.10

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/09/2012 Mississippi Pro Day 5-10 5/8 219 10 32 1/4 76 3/4 4.51 4.32 11.53 6.91
02/29/2012 Combine 5-10 7/8 222 10 32 1/4 76 7/8 4.59 21 9'11" 38 4.47 6.99
01/30/2012 Players Classic 5-11 220 10 31 7/8 76 5/8
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 5-11 1/2 220 4.50

 

Notes:

Grandfather, Frank Pitts, was a 10-year NFL receiver with the Chiefs, Browns and Raiders (1965-74). Brandon also competed in track and field as a Louisiana prep. As a true freshman in 2008, carried 98 times for 542 yards (5.5-yard average) and five touchdowns with 10 receptions for 107 yards (10.7) and a touchdown. Added seven kickoff returns for 108 yards (15.4). Started 8-of-13 games in ’09, rushing 129-614-4 (4.8) with 20-209-1 (10.4) receiving and 7-162 (23.1) on kickoff returns. Started 11-of-12 games in ’10 when he totaled 163-976-14 (6.0) rushing and 32-344-3 (10.8) receiving. Has completed two career pass attempts for 43 yards. Played 10 games in ’11, starting four, and ran 96-462-4 (4.8) with 14-147-1 (10.5) receiving. Suffered a hairline fracture of his left ankle in the season opener against Brigham Young and did not play against Southern Illinois. Was suspended for the Alabama contest (team rules). Team captain. Has eight fumbles in 562 touches and a 5.4-yard career average. 

Positives:

Good size and muscle definition with a thick trunk. Has a 38-inch vertical jump (second-best among backs at the Combine). Effective inside runner — nice vision and good feet in tight quarters. Cuts to daylight and accelerates. Fluid strider. Finishes runs and is not afraid to lower his shoulder. Flashes a stiff-arm. Good hands. Has special-teams experience as a “gunner.”

Negatives:

Runs harder than he does powerfully. Ordinary hip strength and flexibility — not a robust tackle breaker. Average initial quickness and elusiveness (confirmed in RB-worst 4.49-second 20-yard shuttle at Combine). Could stand to improve as a blocker. Is immature and needs to learn what it means to be a pro. Character needs to be investigated.

Summary:

A solidly built, strong, competitive, upright back, Bolden has the ability to be a No. 2 back in the pros but concerns about his character, maturity and commitment could affect his draft value. Junior tape reveals his best season in Oxford, as he played second fiddle to Chiefs 2010 second-rounder Dexter McCluster as a sophomore and endured injury, suspension and split carries with sophomore Jeff Scott as a senior.


Brandon Bolden's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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