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Nick Bolton Lands in Sports Illustrated's Rankings of the Top 10 Linebackers in the NFL

Bolton ranked second in the NFL in tackles last season

It's all too common for linebackers to be overshadowed in the modern NFL, but despite that reality, the position remains a critical one that is often tasked with doing a little bit of everything. Fortunately, the Kansas City Chiefs employ one of the league's very best in Nick Bolton.

Bolton was recognized as one of the top linebackers in the league this past week as he checked in at No. 10 in Sports Illustrated’s rankings for the position. Here's what SI's Gilberto Manzano wrote about Bolton:

"You might not be familiar with the name, but you've definitely noticed the middle linebacker in the No. 32 jersey flying around making plays for the Chiefs during postseason games. Bolton, 23, flashed as a rookie in 2021, but he really took his game to the next level in Year 2 by stacking 180 total tackles, the second most in the league. As a unit, the Chiefs' defense often gets forgotten (as teammates of Patrick Mahomes); Bolton said himself that the defense doesn't get the respect it deserves. It's also time to acknowledge that Bolton is one of the best linebackers in the league."

The 23-year-old Bolton ranked second in the NFL in tackles last season (180) while also becoming one of just nine players to tally 100+ tackles to go along with multiple interceptions and multiple sacks. Additionally, Bolton's fumble recovery for a touchdown in Super Bowl LVII helped secure Kansas City's second world championship in four seasons.

Bolton is already among the best in the league at his position, and now heading into his third season as a professional, he'll aim to continue that ascension as a leader on Kansas City's young defense.

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