It would be easy to dismiss Bolden, who has faced suspensions and looked undisciplined on the field at times, because of character concerns. But he is a talented, athletic prospect, a slasher-type who was productive at Ole Miss against top-level competition. With the ball in his hands, he is a smooth and effective runner, capable of breaking a big play at any moment. He is worth a fourth-round pick.
A powerful runner, Bolden can break arm tackles and will usually run through the first defender. He hits holes decisively inside and has the patience to let blocks develop. He will get low and hide behind blockers, then stick his foot in the ground to either make a hard lateral move or burst upfield. He can bounce outside with a good, hard drop step, then outrun defenders to the perimeter. Bolden takes care of the ball and can pick up yards with power or speed.
Most questions about Bolden come from his past suspensions, not his ability to carry the ball. He is big and physical, but has some deficiencies in pass protection, and must improve that facet of his game.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.