Nick Bolton

Nick Bolton

24-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Kansas City Chiefs
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Bolton endured a frustrating 2023 season, as he missed three games with an ankle injury from Weeks 3-5. He returned for two contests, only to suffer a dislocated wrist that required surgery and forced him to remain on the sidelines until Week 14. Even when healthy, Bolton saw his role decrease on a per-game basis. In 2022, he played 100 percent of defensive snaps in 13 games, but he failed to do so until the AFC Championship Game last season. The departure of Willie Gay has the potential to benefit Bolton in that regard heading into 2024, though we've still likely seen his peak level of production in 2022 when he tallied 180 total tackles. While it's safe to suggest he's slipped a bit in terms of projected production relative to his peers, Bolton should remain an elite IDP option so long as he can remain healthy. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
#138
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IDP
$Signed a four-year, $5.83 million contract with the Chiefs in May of 2021.
Active for Week 18
LBKansas City Chiefs
January 7, 2024
Bolton (wrist/abdomen) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
ANALYSIS
Bolton practiced in full all week long, but with the Chiefs locked into the third seed in the AFC, he could see limited playing time or sit in pads on the sideline for the team's regular-season finale. Over his last four games, Bolton has 32 tackles (23 solo).
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
Snap %
Kansas City ChiefsChiefs 2023 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
#% of Team Snaps

66250%
63048%
61347%
47836%
17613%
786%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Nick Bolton's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
237 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.59 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.50 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.40 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
 
Broad Jump
115 in
 
Bench Press
24 reps
 
Hand Length
10.38 in
 
Arm Length
31.88 in
 
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198 days ago
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200 days ago
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200 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2022
2021
Bolton has proven early in his young career to have a nose for the football, registering 112 tackles as a rookie second-rounder in 2021 and following that up with a whopping 180 tackles (108 solo) in 2022, ranking him second in the NFL behind only Foye Oluokun. In terms of IDP producers, the Chiefs' starting middle linebacker should rank among the most sought-after options regardless of position, on the heels of posting 13 games with nine or more tackles last season while adding two sacks and a pair of interceptions.
Bolton stepped in as a rookie and made his presence felt, racking up a team-high 112 tackles (57 solo) despite starting just 12 of the 16 games he appeared in. While Bolton didn't necessarily excel as a coverage linebacker last season, he was solid as both a run stopper and a pass rusher and should reprise his role on the inside in 2022.
Bolton was selected by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft and could be in line to make an immediate impact in Kansas City. With Damien Wilson now out of the picture, more snaps in the linebacker rotation should be available, and Bolton figures to be the top candidate to handle a chunk of those if he shows well during training camp. He joins a linebacking corps with Anthony Hitchens, Willie Gay, and Ben Niemann as the other primary contributors.
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May not suit up Week 18
LBKansas City Chiefs
Wrist
January 5, 2024
Bolton (wrist/abdomen) is tagged as questionable for Sunday's contest versus the Chargers.
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Season-high tackles in win
LBKansas City Chiefs
January 1, 2024
Bolton finished Sunday's 25-17 win over the Bengals with 13 tackles (nine solo).
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Six tackles in loss
LBKansas City Chiefs
December 27, 2023
Bolton recorded six tackles (five solo) in Monday's 20-14 loss to the Raiders.
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Returns to practice Friday
LBKansas City Chiefs
December 22, 2023
Bolton (illness) was a full participant in Friday's practice.
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Gets day off due to illness
LBKansas City Chiefs
Illness
December 21, 2023
Head coach Andy Reid said Bolton won't practice Thursday due to an illness in addition to wrist and abdominal injuries, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.
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Set for expanded role in Year 2
LBKansas City Chiefs
June 12, 2022
Bolton is expected to take on added responsibilities for Kansas City's defense in 2022 after the release of veteran linebacker Anthony Hitchens, Michael Baca of NFL.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Bolton was excellent as a rookie, registering 112 tackles, but the 2021 second-round pick is set for an even bigger role in 2022 after the Chiefs waived Hitchens this offseason. In Hitchens' absence, Bolton will shift from weakside linebacker into the middle of Kansas City's defense, which should translate into more opportunities for the versatile defender in Year 2. However, given the position change and added responsibilities, it's possible Bolton struggles out of the gate, but he's still expected to be a foundational piece to a squad that also lost Tyrann Mathieu to free agency.
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