Niner Noise’s next installment of our “Who Is?” series on San Francisco 49ers players in 2017 continues by looking at undrafted free agent wide receiver Victor Bolden.
The San Francisco 49ers signed former Oregon State wide receiver Victory Bolden as an undrafted free agent following the 2017 NFL Draft.
Bolden has a long, long way to go to make San Francisco’s 53-man roster this season, and it would be a stretch to consider him anything but a long shot to be on the regular-season roster.
As a potential practice squad addition though, Bolden is a decent candidate.
Bolden’s numbers over four years at Oregon State aren’t exactly eye-popping, although collegiate stats aren’t exactly the best criteria for evaluating pro-level talent:
But there’s one thing worth pointing out — the 22-year-old rookie can contribute as a receiver, returner and even in the running game. In fact, his 11.8 rushing-yard average on 28 attempts last year is quite noticeable.
What else is there worth noting about Bolden’s skill set?
Why He’ll Improve
Bolden comes from a pro-style offense at Oregon State, which should translate well over to the NFL level. Back in 2015, CBS Sports’ Rob Rang even noted Bolden had the physical traits to be an early round draft pick.
This obviously didn’t happen, but there’s one attribute making Bolden stand out — speed.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein drew the ties between Bolden and his genes:
If you’re wondering where Bolden gets his speed, just ask his mother; she holds school records for the 100 and 200-meter hurdles at Mt. San Antonio College. Bolden was a hurdler and football star in high…
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