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NFL Draft: Utah's Garett Bolles goes to Denver at No. 20

NFL Draft: Utah's Garett Bolles goes to Denver at No. 20

The 6-foot-5, 297-pound Bolles was the first offensive linemen selected.

National Football League coaches must work on leverage and leg bend with Bolles to account for his tendency to stand up in pass protection. Addressing Broncos fans in a post-selection interview, Bolles told them he was "coming home", in a sense. "If I end up going there, I'd be just fine".

"I love this little man. I'm ready to go and help Denver win another Super Bowl".

Garett Bolles was a self-described "lost kid".

At the Combine, Bolles said he wants to "put people in the dirt" when he's on the field.

Prior to the draft, Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway said that drafting a tackle in the first round would not guarantee the starting spot. Bolles (6'5/297) spent only one year at Utah after transferring from JUCO, earning first-team All-Pac 12 as a 12-game starter at left tackle.

Bolles was also joined in Philadelphia by his wife, his biological father, his adoptive family the Freemans, his in-laws and Utah coaches Kyle Whittingham and Jim Harding.

One thing that everyone could agree on, though, was that Bolles' infant son Kingston stole the show.

Drafting a player with an instant impact, taking the first player from his position, having it be their biggest need and doing it by standing pat at pick 20 has to be looked at as a win.


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