The San Francisco 49ers signed former Oregon State receiver Victor Bolden as an undrafted free agent shortly after the 2017 NFL Draft. Bolden didn’t get a lot of playing time as a rookie, playing primarily as the team’s kick returner, but he is expected to have a bigger role next season and the 49ers odds to win the NFC West will also be improved.
Victor Bolden Wide receiver #17
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 165 lb (75 kg)
College: Oregon State
Drafted: 2017 / Undrafted
High School Career
Bolden is known for his exceptional speed, which he credits to his mother, who was a track and field star at Mt. San Antonio College and still holds some school records.
Bolden ran hurdles and played football in high school. As a freshman at Oregon State, Bolden started two games and finished the season with six receptions for 62 yards. He was also the team’s kick returner and returned 58 kicks for 1,198 yards and one touchdown.
As a sophomore, Bolden had a breakout year and started 11 games for the Beavers, leading the team with 72 receptions for 798 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 118 rushing yards on 19 carries and returned four punts for 44 yards. Bolden also competed in the 60m run for the track team.
In his junior season, Bolden was an honorable mention all-Pac-12 selection and once again led the team in receptions with 46 catches for 461 yards and four touchdowns. He carried the ball 36 times for 185 yards, returned 23 kicks for 580 yards and one touchdown, and one punt for 78 yards and a touchdown.
As a senior, Boden led the team once again with 46 receptions for 542 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 329 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, 14 punt returns for 64 yards, and 27 kickoff returns for 642 yards and two touchdowns.
Bolden was a three year starter at Oregon State and led the team in receptions in all three seasons. He carried the ball 89 times for 694 yards and finished his career with the third most all-purpose yards in Oregon State history.
Bolden was hoping to be taken in the 2017 NFL Draft, but none of the teams used their selection on him. After the draft, the San Francisco 49ers signed him as an undrafted free agent and he impressed the team enough to become their kick returner.
During the season, Bolden didn’t have a reception, but he returned a kick 104 yards for a touchdown, and a punt 92 yards for a touchdown, securing a position as the team’s primary kick returner next season.
Bolden is very athletic and also one of the fastest players in the NFL. He is also a student of the game and his decision to stay in college for all four years proved to be the right one because it allowed him to come right in and have an immediate impact on the team.
If is skills as a receiver continue to improve, he could get some playing time as a slot receiver for the 49ers, who are expected to do big things next year now that they have found their quarterback of the future in Jimmy Garoppolo.
If he plays well, he could be the next great receiver to come out of Oregon State, following in the footsteps of T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson.
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I’m back! pic.twitter.com/skqEyj82wu— Victor Bolden (@vicbolden) January 13, 2018