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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Washington Football Team selects college football player

With the 19th overall pick in the 2021 Bleeding Green Nation community mock draft, Washington Football Team GM Negadelphia Norm selects ...

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Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

WHAT’S GOING ON BLEEDING GREEN NATION?!!?!

I had this whole elaborate plan to make my pick in a WTS format, but all my comments were for a different player who was already picked… *sigh*

ANYWAY with the 19th pick the Washington Football Team chooses:

Nick Bolton, LB Missouri

Nick Bolton NFL Draft Profile

Position: Linebacker

School: Missouri

Current Year: Junior

Height: 6’0″

Weight: 232 pounds

Nick Bolton is a playmaker through and through. He won District MVP in back-to-back years as a high schooler. Got significant field time as a true freshman in college. Lead his conference in tackles and was named First Team All-Conference as a sophomore. Going into his Junior year he had a big name to live up to and he did, nearly matching his sophomore numbers (despite playing two fewer games), being named first-team all-SEC and second-team All-American.

Bolton is an immediate upgrade to Washington’s current linebacker situation and will provide day 1 improvement. Just in pure athleticism, Bolton can beat you sideline to sideline or shed blocks and find you in the backfield. Since 2019 he has 30 tackles for a loss or no gain, the most from any position in the SEC.

Some odd quirks that will help him fit better in the Washington Football defense: he plays better on the road (which will be nice seeing as even when playing at home WFT has so few fans in seats it is like playing on the road) averaging 3.2 MORE tackles (in 2019). He also plays better when his team is losing, averaging 2.5 more tackles when down (so great for when the Football Team is playing literally any other team outside of the NFC East).

What They’re Saying About Nick Bolton: I Really Wanted JOK Edition

“Small in stature for the position, Bolton makes his living as a strong athlete with great instincts for the game. He’s a sparkplug on the field and projects as a player NFL teams would love in their locker room. A leader both on and off the field, he looks to transition into a MIKE backer in the NFL.”

-Pro Football Network

“Missouri linebacker Nick Bolton projects as an impact starter at the NFL level thanks to his linear explosiveness to trigger and attack between the tackles and his ability to deliver jarring hits to ball carriers. Bolton has a pro-ready build and carries himself with confidence in traffic—for better and for worse. Bolton was a standout in Missouri’s defensive front and his role as the leader and enforcer of the Tigers’ defense has groomed him well for a featured role in the heart of an NFL defense. Bolton’s prowess in the passing game shines in zone coverage, as he can drive on shallow routes that flash in front of his face and make receivers think twice about coming over the middle. But there’s plenty of room for improvement in Bolton’s game in space, both with angles to attack throws and his decision-making process to work overtop of the play versus shooting gaps to try to get home and create a splash play in the backfield. Bolton has come on strong after entering his sophomore season in 2019 as a first-year starter, so there should be plenty of optimism that Bolton can continue to hone his decision-making process and develop into a more consistent fill player and coverage option. Teams who implement a lot of green-dog blitzes and pressure schemes up the middle will love the leverage, twitch, and hitting power that Bolton brings to the football field.”

-The Draft Network

“I had to check to see if Bolton played any safety because his athleticism is that good at the position. He’s a linebacker through and through who makes plays all over the field, especially in the backfield. Washington just doesn’t have his kind of athleticism at the linebacker position.”

-Hogs Haven

Poll

Do you approve of this pick?

This poll is closed

  • 42%
    Yes
    (186 votes)
  • 57%
    No
    (253 votes)
439 votes total Vote Now

2021 BGN Mock Draft Order

1) Jaguars (Phoenix X Minimus): QB Trevor Lawrence
2) Jets (eagles.north.of.the.border): QB Zach Wilson
3) 49ers (I Need a Username): QB Trey Lance
4) Falcons (chewy wellington): OT Penei Sewell
5) Bengals (Dr_Horrible): WR Ja’Marr Chase
6) Dolphins (20Safety_Hazard): TE Kyle Pitts
7) Lions (drc242): WR DeVonta Smith
8) Panthers (wildcatlh): QB Justin Fields
9) Broncos (ItownBallers22): CB Patrick Surtain II
10) Cowboys (Kephas): OT Rashawn Slater
11) Giants (Billmington): WR Jaylen Waddle
12) Eagles (ablesser88): CB Jaycee Horn
13) Chargers (Georgia_eagle): LB Micah Parsons
14) Vikings (Philliesandthebees): OT Alijah Vera-Tucker
15) Patriots (SakPrescott): QB Mac Jones
16) Cardinals (Carson Wentzs ACL): CB Greg Newsome II
17) Raiders (dshelton5): LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
18) Dolphins (J. Wil): DE Kwity Paye
19) Football Team (Negadelphia Norm): LB Nick Bolton
20) Bears (Happy24):
21) Colts (Fly Like An Eagle):
22) Titans (Friendly Neighborhood Philly Fan):
23) Jets (Asap Stocky):
24) Steelers (Gregnado):
25) Jaguars (“Snax”):
26) Browns (gerouxman1956):
27) Ravens (Brendanekstrom):
28) Saints (grantspectations):
29) Packers (Philly_Philly):
30) Bills (doublefry):
31) Chiefs (Leo Bedio):
32) Buccaneers (phuckdallas):


Now it’s time for you to vote for who YOU think should be selected in the 2021 BGN Community Consensus Mock Draft.

Poll

Who should the Washington Football Team draft at No. 19?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    LB Nick Bolton
    (22 votes)
  • 15%
    LB Zaven Collins
    (53 votes)
  • 2%
    LB Jamin Davis
    (8 votes)
  • 46%
    OT Christian Darrisaw
    (161 votes)
  • 5%
    OT Alex Leatherwood
    (18 votes)
  • 10%
    S Trevon Moehrig
    (35 votes)
  • 10%
    WR Rashod Bateman
    (38 votes)
  • 3%
    WR Kadarius Toney
    (11 votes)
346 votes total Vote Now

1) Jaguars: QB Trevor Lawrence
2) Jets: QB Zach Wilson:
3) 49ers: QB Justin Fields
4) Falcons: OT Penei Sewell
5) Bengals: WR Ja’Marr Chase
6) Dolphins: TE Kyle Pitts
7) Lions: WR DeVonta Smith
8) Panthers: OT Rashawn Slater
9) Broncos: QB Trey Lance
10) Cowboys: CB Patrick Surtain II
11) Giants: LB Micah Parsons
12) Eagles: WR Jaylen Waddle
13) Chargers: CB Jaycee Horn
14) Vikings: OT Alijah Vera-Tucker
15) Patriots: QB Mac Jones
16) Cardinals: CB Caleb Farley
17) Raiders: LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
18) Dolphins: RB Najee Harris
19) Football Team: