Omar Bolden, drafted by Denver in Round 4, 101st overall (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
From a unanimous All-Pac 10 selection to missing the 2011 season due to a torn ACL to a furious rehab, Omar Bolden's football journey has a new and happy chapter: fourth round pick of the Denver Broncos.
Quarterback Brock Osweiler became the first Sun Devil player selected in the 2012 NFL Draft when he went 57th overall. Some thought (myself included) that Bolden could joined him in the ranks of the drafted in Round 3, but now Bolden joins him not only as a fellow draftee, but as an NFL teammate.
The Broncos are getting great value in their selection.
At 5'10", 202 pounds, Bolden has great size and as he proved during ASU's Pro Day, his knee has recovered very well. He displayed 4.5 speed and terrific agility, and looked great in pre-draft workouts. In addition to being an excellent coverage man, Bolden also brings great value as a kick returner, having taking two kicks back for touchdowns while at ASU. (Full Draft Profile)
In Denver, the cornerback situation after future Hall of Famer Champ Bailey is thin. Tracy Porter signed with the team to start opposite Bailey, but Bolden immediately upgrades a young group that does not have a player other than Bailey with over four years of NFL experience. He will compete for a spot with the likes of Chris Harris, Ramzee Robinson and Tony Harris.