The Washington Football Team won the NFC East at 7-9 last season but fell short in the Wild Card round against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Plenty of work will need to be done for Washington to win the division again because it is likely going to require more victories.
Washington had four quarterbacks start a game last season, and that’s a position that could be addressed in the draft. Defensively, Washington had a solid unit in 2020, allowing the fourth fewest yards per play, but they could use upgrades at certain spots.
Washinton Football Team 2021 Draft Picks
Round 1: No. 19, LB Jamin Davis
Round 2: No. 51, OT Samuel Cosmi
Round 3: No. 74, CB Benjamin St-Juste; No. 82, WR Dyami Brown
Round 4: No. 124, TE John Bates
Round 5: No. 163, S Darrick Forrest
Round 7: No. 246, DE Shaka Toney; No. 258 WR Dax Milne
Alex Smith and Dwayne Haskins Jr. tied for the most starts on the team last season, and neither are with the team. Tyler Heinicke and Kyle Allen were fine in limited starts, and Washington signed journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick. None of these options should hold Washington back to finding a signal caller in the draft. To get one of the top QBs, Washington would likely need to trade up.
Washington’s linebacker group struggled at times in 2020, and they will need to replace quite a bit of production before this next season gets started. Washington lost Kevin Pierre-Louis to free agency, Thomas Davis. Sr. retired and Shaun Dion Hamilton was waived. Jon Bostic has just one year left on his deal, so there is a big need for young talent to build the depth of this group.
Dream first pick
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB - Notre Dame
Washington is desperate for young, quality linebackers they can rely on for the next few years, and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah fits that description. He is expected to be versatile enough in the NFL to be a playmaker in the backfield with the ability to cover pass catchers. It may not be as sexy of a pick than if Washington went quarterback here, but with their draft position and lack of assets, it’s more likely the organization goes in another direction in the first round.