Garett Bolles
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Bolles with the Denver Broncos in 2017
No. 72 – Denver Broncos
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1992-05-27) May 27, 1992 (age 30)
Walnut Creek, California
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school:Westlake
(Saratoga Springs, Utah)
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2022
Games Played:80
Games Started:80
Player stats at · PFR

Garett Bolles (born May 27, 1992) is an American football offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Utah, and was drafted by the Broncos in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Early life

Bolles was born in Walnut Creek, California on May 27, 1992. His family moved to Lehi, Utah. After being kicked out of his father's home, Bolles was picked up by the Freeman family, and rebuilt his life by reactivating himself as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[1] He attended Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs, Utah. Bolles played on the offensive and defensive lines in high school while also competing in lacrosse.[2] While at Westlake, Bolles was arrested and suspended for three games after he and four other players extensively vandalized rival Lehi High School's football field.[3]

Instead of playing college football straight out of high school, Bolles embarked on an LDS Church mission in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[4][5]

College career

Following his LDS mission, Bolles decided to attend Snow College, where he played for the Badgers for two years before transferring to the University of Utah in 2016.[6][7] Bolles earned NJCAA first-team All-America honors following his sophomore season at Snow College, starting all 11 games played. He was named the 2015 Western State Football League Offensive Player of the Year in addition to picking up All-WSFL first-team honors. Bolles helped Snow College finish No. 2 in the NJCAA rankings after winning the WSFL championship and Salt City Bowl.[2]

Bolles signed with Utah as the No. 1 overall junior college prospect in 2016. Bolles was named to the All-Pac-12 Conference First-team in his only season with the University of Utah after opening all 13 games played (891 total snaps) at left tackle.[2] He contributed to the Utes averaging close to 30 points per game and helped Utah's rushing offense rank third in the Pac-12 with 214.0 rushing yards per game. Bolles played on an offensive line that allowed just 2.1 sacks per game. After the season, Bolles decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.[8][9][10]

Professional career

Bolles received an invitation to the NFL Combine as one of the top five offensive tackle prospects in the draft. He performed well and was able to raise his draft stock by showing athleticism in positional drills and having his 40-yard dash come under five seconds. Bolles completed every drill except for the bench press. He also participated at Utah's Pro Day and performed only positional drills for scouts and representatives in attendance. The majority of NFL Draft experts and analysts projected Bolles to be selected in either the first or second round.[11] He was ranked the second best offensive tackle by ESPN and, was ranked the fourth best offensive tackle by Sports Illustrated, and was ranked the third best offensive tackle by NFL analysts Mike Mayock and Bucky Brooks.[12][13][14][15]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
297 lb
(135 kg)
34 in
(0.86 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
4.95 s 1.71 s 2.87 s 4.55 s 7.29 s 28 in
(0.71 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
All value from NFL Combine.[16]

2017 season

Bolles blocking in 2018 preseason.
Bolles blocking in 2018 preseason.

Bolles was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round (20th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[17] On May 11, 2017, Bolles signed a four-year, $11.01 million contract with $8.59 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $6.16 million.[18][19] Bolles opened all 16 games at left tackle to represent just the fifth time in team history a rookie left tackle started every game since starting lineups were tracked beginning in 1968.[2] Bolles earned all-rookie honors from the PFWA, and was the sixth rookie to open the season at left tackle for the Broncos in Week 1.

2018 season

Bolles started all 16 games at left tackle in 2018.

2019 season

Bolles started all 16 games at left tackle in 2019 and played in all of Denver's offensive snaps. He was criticized publicly by general manager John Elway for repeatedly getting flagged for holding penalties, more than any other player in the NFL in his first three seasons in the league.[20]

2020 season

On May 1, 2020, the Broncos declined the fifth-year option on Bolles' contract, making him a free agent in 2021.[21] On November 28, 2020, after improving greatly throughout the season, Bolles signed a four-year, $68 million contract extension with the Broncos.[22] On January 8, 2021, Bolles was named as the second-team All-Pro left tackle.

2022 season

In Week 5, Bolles suffered a broken leg and was placed on season-ending injured reserve on October 10, 2022.[23]


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  2. ^ a b c d "Broncos media guide" (PDF). 2018.
  3. ^ "Westlake football players arrested for vandalizing rival's field". August 24, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  4. ^ Sorensen, Mike (September 3, 2016). "Garett Bolles 'grateful' after going from troubled teen to LDS mission to starting Utah Utes lineman".
  5. ^ "Utah football: 'A lost kid,' five-star recruit Garett Bolles picked himself up".
  6. ^ "Utah football: Top JuCo lineman Garett Bolles commits to Utes".
  7. ^ "Five-star OT Garett Bolles commits to Utah".
  8. ^ "Utah football: After breakthrough junior season, offensive tackle Garett Bolles declares for NFL draft".
  9. ^ Facer, Dirk (January 4, 2017). "Utah football: Utes OL Garett Bolles declares for NFL Draft".
  10. ^ "Top Utah OL Bolles commits to NFL draft".
  11. ^ "*Garrett Bolles, DS #2 OT, Utah". Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  12. ^ Chris Burke (April 24, 2017). "2017 NFL draft rankings: Top prospects by position". Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  13. ^ Jeff Legwold (April 22, 2017). "Ranking the 2017 draft's top 100 players". Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  14. ^ Mike Mayock (April 12, 2017). "Mike Mayock's 2017 NFL Draft position rankings 3.0". Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  15. ^ Bucky Brooks (April 25, 2017). "Bucky Brook's 2017 NFL Draft position rankings 3.0". Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  16. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Garett Bolles".
  17. ^ Swanson, Ben (April 27, 2017). "Broncos select OT Garett Bolles in first round of 2017 Draft".
  18. ^ " Garrett Bolles contract". Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  19. ^ Sessler, Marc. "Broncos' Garett Bolles agrees to terms on rookie deal". NFL. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  20. ^ " "Elway calls out OT Bolles for holding penalties"". Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  21. ^ DiLalla, Aric (May 1, 2020). "Broncos inform T Garett Bolles they have declined his fifth-year option".
  22. ^ DiLalla, Aric (November 28, 2020). "Broncos sign T Garett Bolles to 4-year extension".
  23. ^ DiLalla, Aric (October 10, 2022). "Broncos promote WR Kendall Hinton to active roster, place three players on injured reserve".