Packers projected to take playmaking linebacker in first round

Nick Bolton, Packers, NFL Draft
Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers are heading into the NFL offseason with quite a few needs to address. Among those needs are help on the offensive and defensive line, cornerback, and wide receiver. They could also use some help at linebacker.

CBS Sports released a new mock draft that has Brian Gutekunst and company finding some help for the middle of their defense. They projected that the Packers would end up taking Missouri linebacker Nick Bolton with the No. 29 overall pick.

The Packers need help in the middle of their defense and Bolton is a sideline-to-sideline spark plug.

Bolton certainly would be a big-time addition for the Packers’ defense. Recently, Green Bay decided to release veteran inside linebacker Christian Kirksey. He played a big role in his one season with the Packers and will need to be replaced.

During the 2020 season with Missouri, Bolton put up big numbers once again. He racked up 95 total tackles to go along with two sacks and five defended passes. Back in 2019, he recorded 100 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, a defensive touchdown, and eight defended passes.

Many scouts and analysts are split on what kind of NFL player Nick Bolton will become. Some believe that he could be the second-best linebacker in the draft. Others aren’t so convinced and view him as a middle-of-the-pack talent.

Standing in at 6-foot-0 and just over 230 pounds, Bolton combines strength and speed to be a threat in the middle of the defense. He has the athleticism to make plays from sideline to sideline, which is exactly what the Packers need.

It will be interesting to see where Bolton ends up landing. The Packers could make him their first-round selection, but there are plenty of needs the franchise needs to focus on filling. Bolton would be an impact player immediately and fans would love what they see if the Packers bring him in.

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