After winning the NFC East with a 7-9 record, the Washington Football Team will have the 19th overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. During the draft last year, Washington traded Trent Williams to the San Francisco 49ers. As part of the deal, Washington will receive the 49ers’ 2021 third-round pick (74th overall), giving them four picks in the top 82 selections. While Washington signed Ryan Fitzpatrick in free agency, that won’t keep them from trading up in the first round for a quarterback if the deal is right. So, let’s take a look at what Washington could do in the draft.
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Round 1, Pick 19: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
The left tackle spot has been an issue for Washington over the last two seasons. Williams sat out the entire 2019 season, which led to his trade to San Francisco. Then, last season, Washington used several players at left tackle. Of the group, Cornelius Lucas had the most success. He had only one penalty on 536 offensive snaps. While Lucas is under contract for next season, he has never been a full-time starter in his career and shouldn’t be considered the long-term answer at left tackle. Meanwhile, Darrisaw is a lock to be a top 20 pick and should step in day one at left tackle. If Washington doesn’t trade up for a quarterback, expect them to target an offensive tackle in the first round.
For more on Darrisaw, check out our scouting report on him here.
Round 2, Pick 51: Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
Entering free agency, Washington had several linebackers hit the open market. However, aside from signing former New York Giant David Mayo, Washington hasn’t done anything to improve the linebacker position. While 2019 fifth-round pick Cole Holcomb is part of the future and Jon Bostic had a solid 2020 season, Washington lacks any other starting options on the roster. During his final season at Kentucky, Davis had a career-high 102 tackles and three interceptions. The Washington front seven was one of the best in the league last year, and adding Davis would make them even better.
For more on Davis, check out our scouting report on him here.
Round 3, Pick 74: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
While Ronald Darby signed with the Denver Broncos, Washington replaced him with William Jackson III. However, that shouldn’t stop Washington from selecting a cornerback in the middle rounds. Washington has a talented starting cornerback trio of Jackson, Kendall Fuller, and Jimmy Moreland. However, the depth behind them is thin. Meanwhile, Campbell is a raw prospect, but his ceiling is one of the highest in the draft class. At 6’2”, Campbell has the size and length to match up with the bigger wide receivers in the division. Between the Giants adding Kenny Golladay and the elite trio of wide receivers in Dallas, Washington can’t have too many good cornerbacks on the roster.
For more on Campbell, check out our scouting report on him here.
Round 3, Pick 82: Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
If Washington doesn’t trade up in the first round for a quarterback, expect them to use a mid-round pick on the position. Fitzpatrick is on a one-year deal and, at 38 years old, isn’t the long-term answer. Furthermore, Kyle Allen is on a one-year deal, and Taylor Heinicke is the wild card in the quarterback room. Meanwhile, Mond had an impressive career at Texas A&M, throwing for almost 10,000 yards and 71 touchdowns. Furthermore, Mond is a threat on the ground, averaging over 400 rushing yards and 5.5 rushing touchdowns per season in college. Washington must add a quarterback in the draft and if they don’t trade up, expect them to target Mond.
For more on Mond, check out our scouting report on him here.
Round 4, Pick 124: Andre Cisco, SAF, Syracuse
Washington found the steal of the 2020 draft with the selection of Kamren Curl in the seventh round. As a rookie, Curl started 11 games and had 88 total tackles. While Landon Collins is coming off a torn Achilles, he should be ready for Week 1. However, Washington will likely move on from Collins after the 2021 season. Furthermore, both Curl and Collins are at their best playing strong safety. The problem is, Washington doesn’t have a good option at free safety on the roster. During his time at Syracuse, Cisco totaled 136 tackles and 13 interceptions. Washington needs to find a starting free agency, and Cisco would fill that hole.
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— CROCKPOT🤴🏾 (@eric_crocker) September 12, 2020
Round 5, Pick 163: Kenny Yeboah, TE, Ole Miss
Logan Thomas had a breakout season in 2020, more than doubling his previous career total in catches. Furthermore, his six touchdowns in 2020 led the team. While Thomas is entering a contract year, he is part of the team’s future. However, the depth behind him is thin. Furthermore, even if Washington signs a veteran, they should still use a day three pick on a tight end. After four years at Temple, Yeboah transferred to Ole Miss and had a breakout season. In 2020, Yeboah had a career-high 524 yards and six touchdowns. If Washington doesn’t re-sign Thomas after the 2021 season, Yeboah provides them with a potential replacement option.
For more on Yeboah, check out our scouting report on him here.
Round 7, Pick 244: Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State
Even though Washington added Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphries in free agency, that shouldn’t stop them from adding a wide receiver late on day three. While they spent a fourth-round pick on Antonio Gandy-Golden last year and a sixth-round pick on Kelvin Harmon the year before, neither is a lock to make the final roster. During his breakout season in 2019, Terry had a career-high 60 catches for 1,188 yards and nine touchdowns. While he would have to fight to make the final roster, adding Terry would give Washington a high upside developmental wide receiver.
For more on Terry, check out our scouting report on him here.
Round 7, Pick 246: Jimmy Morrissey, iOL, Pittsburgh
Before free agency kicked off, Washington placed the franchise tag on Brandon Scherff for the second year in a row. However, they haven’t been able to come to a long-term deal. Over the past few seasons, Washington has invested cap space and draft picks on their interior offensive line. However, you can never have too many good offensive linemen in today’s NFL. Meanwhile, Morrissey walked on at Pittsburgh and turned himself in a four-year starter at center. Morrissey also has some experience at guard and could find himself starting there in the NFL. His experience and versatility should make Morrissey a target for Washington.