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 the University of 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, where he battled a troubled life as he sought out and found trouble with drugs, alcoholism, violence, and gangs. After being kicked out of his father's home, Bolles was adopted by the Freeman family, and reshaped his life by becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. [4] He attended Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs, Utah. He played defensive tackle in high school. Instead of playing college football straight out of high school, Bolles served on a LDS mission in Colorado Springs, Colorado. [5] [6]

College career

After his two-year mission, Bolles attended Snow College, where he played for the Badgers for two years before transferring to the University of Utah in 2016. [7] [8] In his only season at Utah, he was named a first team All- Pac-12 selection. [9] After the season, Bolles decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2017 NFL Draft. [10] [11] [12]

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. [4] 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. [4] [4] [4] [4]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
297 lb
(135 kg)
34 in
(0.86 m)
9 3 8 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. [4]

Bolles was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round (20th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. [4] 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. [4] [4]

Personal life

Bolles is married to Natalie and has one son named Kingston.