Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State
5-foot-10, 202 pounds
Draft projection: third or fourth round
Lowdown: Bolden is a talented man-coverage corner with good size who is coming off a torn knee ligament suffered in spring practice last April that kept him out the entire 2011 season. He considered entering the draft last year after a superb junior year. He was a unanimous all-Pacific 10 Conference pick. He’s also a good return man. He averaged 29.2 yards on 11 kickoff returns as a junior. Injuries are a worry, however. He was limited to just four games as a sophomore in 2009 due to a sprained knee. He started nine of 13 games in 2007 and 12 of 12 as a sophomore in 2008. He’s physically strong and he has shown good ball skills. A big question will be how well he runs at his pro day on Friday. The Bills could use a physical corner like him in the middle rounds of the draft.
Update: Indications are Bolden ran in the mid 4.5s at his pro-day workout, not great, but given his injury, probably good enough to be a middle or upper-middle round draft pick.
He handled the disappointment of his senior-year knee injury well and was considered a good leader with the Sun Devils. “It’s just adversity, man,” he said at the scouting combine last month. “For me, it’s just another bump on the road. We all face adversity. It’s really nothing different to me.”
“What I’m trying to show them (scouts) is I’m healthy,” he said. “That’s first and foremost. That’s everyone’s biggest question, everyone’s biggest concern. I’m glad that I’m here because I get to show people who I really am. They get to see my character and the type of person I am and how I carry myself as an individual.”