Utah is losing their second player early for the NFL Draft, as Utah offensive lineman Garett Bolles declared for the NFL Draft via Twitter on Wednesday night. Bolles joins Marcus Williams as early entrants into the draft, deciding to skip their senior seasons. The third name people have been waiting on is Lowell Lotulelei, but the feeling is he’ll return to school, as many people thought the other two were likely going to leave.
Bolles was a transfer to Utah from Snow College, and was a mega-recruit with offers all over the country. He was constantly the meanest lineman on the field and would just maul dudes on plays. His aggression did get him in trouble with some penalties (some of which were absurd) at times.
Some have said he may be the best tackle in the country, and one of the highest rated prospects in the draft. Many people have him rated as a first round prospect, which would lead him to this decision. Although, some thought he may come back to improve his stock even more, clean up some of his play, and maybe even be a No. 1 overall pick prospect in 2018.
The Utes do have some young talent, and have landed some new lineman in this new class that should help absorb the loss of Bolles to the draft, so the Utes should be in good shape up front, although, having him back would have been huge.
Alas, he’s moving on and we’re excited for the kid and his family. He’s a great young man and we’re grateful to have him as long as we did, even if it was only the one year. We wish Garrett the best of luck at the next level and of course, once a Ute, always a Utes!