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NFL.com Mock Draft Has Steelers Selecting Missouri ILB Nick Bolton

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The latest mock draft from NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks has the Steelers drafting a linebacker with their first-round pick.


Brooks has the Steelers selecting Missouri inside linebacker Nick Bolton at No. 24 overall.

Bolton, a 6-foot, 232-pound linebacker, chose to enter the draft after his junior season with the Tigers. The two-time All-SEC selection had 93 tackles, eight tackles for loss and two sacks in 2020.

In his three-year career at Missouri, he finished with 220 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions.

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The Steelers drafted an inside linebacker in 2019, when they traded up to acquire Michigan’s Devin Bush. The last time the Steelers selected an inside linebacker in the first round before that was in 2007, when they drafted Lawrence Timmons in 2007.

The team suffered a series of injuries at the position in 2020, with Bush going down for the season with an ACL injury and fellow starter Vince Williams and backups Ulysees Gilbert III and Robert Spillane all missing time.

All four players, as well as practice squad call-up Tegray Scales are under contract for the 2021 season.

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