NFL Draft: Redskins wrap up picks with TE Ted Bolser, K Zach Hocker

The Redskins wrapped up their 2014 NFL Draft by drafting a tight end and a kicker in the seventh round.

Isaiah Lewis, Johnny Adams, Ted Bolser
Indiana tight end Ted Bolser makes a 21-yard touchdown reception against Michigan State’s Isaiah Lewis and Johnny Adams in a 2012 game. (Darron Cummings/Associated Press)

Using the 217th pick of the draft, Washington took Indiana tight end Ted Bolser. Then with the 228th selection, the Redskins took Arkansas kicker Zach Hocker.

Bolser has size at 6 feet 6 inches tall and 248 pounds. He also has decent speed, having clocked a 4.85-second 40-yard dash at the combine. Bolser came to Indiana as a wide receiver but developed into a tight end, where he was used both as a blocker and pass-catcher. This past season, Bolser recorded 34 catches for 320 yards and six touchdowns.

Washington sought to add competition at a tight end position that features Jordan Reed, who had an impressive rookie season before concussions derailed him, along with veteran Logan Paulsen and special teams ace Niles Paul.

Hocker earned second-team all-Southeastern Conference honors. The 6-foot, 191-pound Hocker last season made 13 of 15 field goals including 3 of 4 from 50 yards or more.

Hocker will presumably compete with veteran Kai Forbath, who last season went 18 for 22 on field goals with a long of 50 yards, and Jake Rogers, who signed in the offseason but hasn’t played in an NFL game.

Zach Hocker, Brian Buehner
Zach Hocker (April L. Brown/Associated Press)

For a quick recap of Washington’s draft weekend moves: The team took outside linebacker Trent Murphy in the second round and offensive linemen Morgan Moses (tackle) and Spencer Long (guard) in the third round. The Redskins took cornerback Bashaud Breeland in the fourth round and wide receiver Ryan Grant in the fifth. Running back Lache Seastrunk went to the Redskins in the sixth round, just before the selections of Bolser and Hocker.

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More draft coverage from The Post:

Mark Maske’s NFC draft grades | AFC draft grades

Redskins drafted for depth, competition

Early Lead: Networks saw no issue showing Sam kiss 

NFL coverage: Redskins home | Fancy Stats | The Early Lead | D.C. Sports Bog

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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