Despite the talent that fell in the draft as teams panicked for quarterbacks and wide receivers, the Denver Broncos zeroed in on their guy and took him with their pick.
Whether fans like it or not, team general manager John Elway took who he believes was the best player available for the Denver Broncos.
With a dire situation at left tackle, currently looking at starting either second-round bust Ty Sambrailo or free agent pickup Menelik Watson, there was no greater need for the Broncos than left tackle. Garett Bolles should get the opportunity to start right away.
Bolles comes out of Utah after one year of playing for the Utes. In his only year at Utah, Bolles earned 1st-team All-Pac-12 honors as the starting left tackle.
Bolles’ story caught the eye of scouts across the country, including Broncos GM John Elway. His journey to the NFL lead him from some trouble as a teenager, but he turned his life around through sports. He enters the NFL at the age of 25.
Bolles was often referred to as the most athletically gifted OL in the draft, mixing strength with quick feet and nimble athleticism that should help him mirror pass rushers at the next level. At 6-foot 5, Bolles has the size and stature that is coveted by teams looking a blindside protector.
There were rumors throughout the day that the Broncos could trade up to assure they got Bolles, but they instead stayed put as different players fell down the draft board.
Sporting his baby son at the NFL draft, Bolles thanked God and encouraged all kids to chase their dreams, no matter what circumstances they faced.