Nick Bolton
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Bolton with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021
No. 32 – Kansas City Chiefs
Personal information
Born: (2000-03-10) March 10, 2000 (age 22)
Frisco, Texas
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school:Lone Star (Frisco)
College:Missouri (2018–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:3
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at · PFR

Nicholas Bolton (born March 10, 2000) is an American football linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Missouri, and was drafted by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Early years

Bolton attended Lone Star High School in Frisco, Texas. He had 130 tackles and five interceptions as a senior and 111 tackles and one interception his junior season.[1] He committed to the University of Missouri to play college football.[2][3]

College career

As a true freshman at Missouri in 2018, he played in all 13 games recording 22 tackles and one sack. As a sophomore in 2019 he became a starter.[4][5][6] He was named first-team All-SEC after finishing with 103 tackles, two interceptions and one sack.[7] During a COVID-19 scheduled ten game season in 2020, Nick finished with 95 tackles and two sacks to close out his junior year.[8] He was once again named first-team All-SEC. In addition, he received AP Second-Team All-American honor.[9]

Professional career

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 Bench press
5 ft 11+18 in
(1.81 m)
237 lb
(108 kg)
31+78 in
(0.81 m)
10+38 in
(0.26 m)
4.60 s 1.71 s 2.62 s 4.50 s 7.40 s 32.0 in
(0.81 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
24 reps
All values from Pro Day[10][11]

Bolton was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round (58th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft.[12] On May 13, 2021, Bolton officially signed with the Chiefs on a $5.84 million deal.[13]

Bolton was put on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on December 21, 2021.[14] He was activated on December 25, 2021.[15]


  1. ^ Murphy, Bryan (January 14, 2018). "Defensive Player of the Year: Nicholas Bolton (Lone Star LB, Sr.)". Star Local.
  2. ^ "Linebacker Nick Bolton commits to Missouri ahead of National Signing Day". Dayton Daily News.
  3. ^ Murphy, Bryan (February 7, 2018). "Mizzou bound: Three-star linebacker Nick Bolton signs with Missouri". Star Local.
  4. ^ Missouri’s Nick Bolton stepping up on field as playmaker for Tigers’ young defense
  5. ^ Baugh, Peter. "'It gives you perspective on everything you do': On Missouri LB Nick Bolton's driving force". The Athletic.
  6. ^ Durando, Bennett. "All Over the Map: Nick Bolton's road to Missouri". Columbia Missourian.
  7. ^ "Mizzou's Bolton, Elliott named first-team All-SEC". Columbia Daily Tribune. Associated Press.
  8. ^ "Nick Bolton - Football". University of Missouri Athletics. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  9. ^ "2020 AP All-America team: Alabama stars lead the way as Crimson Tide earn six first-team selections". Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  10. ^ "Nick Bolton Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  11. ^ "Nick Bolton, Missouri, ILB, 2021 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  12. ^ McMullen, Matt (May 1, 2021). "Five Things to Know About New Chiefs' LB Nick Bolton". Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  13. ^ "Chiefs Sign Second-Round LB Nick Bolton".
  14. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs add Tyreek Hill, 6 others to reserve/COVID-19 list".
  15. ^ "Receiver Tyreek Hill, activated by Kansas City Chiefs, will play Week 16 against Pittsburgh Steelers".