Originally posted on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 4/28/12

Arizona State University defensive back Omar Bolden poses for a portrait during the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Ben Liebenberg)

The Denver Broncos have selected Omar Bolden with the 101st pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

It is becoming apparent that whoever scouts the Southwestern United States has the most sway with the top brass as the Broncos continue to draft players from that region.  John Elway seems to continue to reach for players from every big board except their own, but this pick does address yet another need for the Broncos.  In a way, this pick addresses the most glaring hole from Eddie Royal‘s departure in terms of the return game.

We’ll see how it works out, but at least we appear to be tackling the positions of need in the draft over BPA.  This draft will definitely need a few years before receiving a final grade from analysts.

What do you fans think of this pick?

Let’s take a look at Bolden’s pre-draft profile.

NFL.com Draft Profile

Bolden was a productive three-year starter at left corner for Arizona State. He does have health issues, however; he sat out the last eight games of the 2009 season with an injury, then missed time last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. If he can fully recover, the big, athletic defender has second-round value and could start immediately.

STRENGTHS Bolden is a superb cover corner capable of playing on an island. He is at his best in bump-and-run coverage but is also effective in a zone scheme, able to trigger his foot and drive to make a play on the ball. He is fast enough for the NFL and has the body control to adjust while covering at full speed.

WEAKNESSES Bolden has played inconsistently and can get caught looking in the backfield in zone coverage. He is a solid all-around prospect, but worked exclusively outside in college, and might initially have trouble working out of the slot in sub-nickel packages.

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