Bolser taken in the 7th round by Redskins

Indiana tight end Ted Bolser was taken in the seventh round of the NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins with the No. 217 pick in the draft. Bolser becomes the second IU player taken in the draft, joining wide receiver Cody Latimer. He graduates as Indiana’s all-time leader among tight ends in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.

UPDATE: Bolser got a call from Redskins head coach Jay Gruden a pick before he was selected in the seventh round. He said he was so emotional he could barely speak.

“I was pumped,” Bolser said. “I was really, really excited. I don’t think words could even express. … I was stuttering. It was like no feeling I’ve ever had before that.”

Bolser had been in contact with about 20 teams before the draft, he said, and he was already starting to consider a back-up plan of where he’d like to sign if he was left un-drafted. However, he said he was thrilled that a team used a pick on him.

“It was just great to see someone want me for how hard I worked and respect how I played,” Bolser said.

Bolser said the Redskins actually hadn’t been in contact with him much before the draft and that he didn’t know exactly how he fit with the organization, but also that it didn’t matter to him.

“I’ll be able to do anything they put in front of me,” Bolser said. “Blocking, catching, special teams, anything. I’ll do it as hard as I possibly can.”


  1. Great to see Ted Bolser sliding his way up from about the 20th pre-draft candidate (his name on another media ‘experts’ (I didn’t say it, they said it about themselves) list didn’t even turn red to enable it to be clicked for another screen with a short evaluation of his considerable skills)…

    So, I’ll add my own: Bolser is a candidate who will give Redskin coaches a decision to make. He is a well schooled traditional tight end with good hands, the ability to catch the ball in the middle traffic, and a keen sense of how to occupy the spaces left vacant by linebackers. Bolser is also a solid blocker who often led the way by sealing inside running lanes for Indiana and showed enough speed to convoy backs down field. He may be a surprise- a good surprise- for Redskin coaches. Or, he may be noticed during pre-season and convince other teams that he may be worth a spot on another team’s taxi squad. Whichever, a good draft.

    As a Hoosier, proud of our two drafted players (Latimer and Bolser). It certainly speaks of a well designed and coached offense, players who were well physically prepared and developed to be tactically aware by coaches who did a great job of teaching them roles within the structure of the Hoosier offense. Good to go!

  2. clarification(above: “Great to see Ted Bolser sliding his way up from about the 20th pre-draft [tight-end] candidate…”

  3. Congrats to Ted “Big Play” Bolser! Both he and CL ended up in seemingly perfect situations to succeed. Good luck, and GO IU!

  4. Just saw a huge “Bleacher Report” slide video with a write-up showing a great picture of Stephen Houston ranking him as the third most talented not-drafted player and describing him “…among the most gifted running backs in this class …just scratching the surface of his potential…”, a worthy and, likely, accurate description of what we’ve seen since he came to IU.

    The note states Houston may have ‘gone unnoticed because he [played] in the shadow of the more athletic Devin Coleman.

    Latimer, Bolser, Houston, Kofie Hughes (F/A signed), Ewald (will likely be a F/A signee as well). Here’s the point: Consider five seniors (at least)out of a very, very small group graduating highly respected by the pros (either guaranteed or with legitimate NFL interest (all on offense)…

    Says a lot about the value of the job developing the talent by CKW and his staff. If Coach Knorr can achieve something near this record with the defense, we Hoosiers are in for a Gilded Age indeed.

    (AD Glass,… the second lighted button on your telephone is to the secretary who knows which drawer holds the file with blank contracts and the checkbook!)

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