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the 2021 nfl draft took place from april 29 to may 1 and all the draft picks of the washington football team were analyzed here.
following last season’s virtual draft, cleveland played host to this year’s festivities with a handful of potential draft picks in attendance and socially distanced due to covid-19.
Here’s a look, pick by pick, at how each player Washington has drafted will fit in.
- 1 analysis of every nfl pick | updated nfl depth charts
- 2 round 1, nope. 19th overall: Jamin Davis, ILB, Kentucky
- 3 round 2, nope. 51 total: samuel cosmi, ot, texas
- 4 round 3, nope. 74 overall: benjamin st-juste, cb, minnesota
- 5 round 3, nope. 82 total: dyami brown, wr, north carolina
- 6 round 4, nope. 124th overall: john bates, te, boise state
- 7 round 5, nope. 163 overall: darrick forrest, s, cincinnati
- 8 round 6, nope. 225 total: cheeseman shrimp, ls, michigan
- 9 round 7, nope. 240 total: william bradley-king, lb/de, baylor
- 10 round 7, nope. 246 total: shaka toney, lb/de, penn state
- 11 round 7, nope. 258 total: dax milne, wr, byu
analysis of every nfl pick | updated nfl depth charts
round 1, nope. 19th overall: Jamin Davis, ILB, Kentucky
my take: davis only started one season, but he made a huge impact in kentucky and showed a lot of playmaking ability. Washington has a chance to build a special defense: When the Carolina Panthers had their best seasons under coach Ron Rivera, they did so with a superior defense. Davis also provides Washington’s speed, a necessary attribute at the job. he can play inside and he can cover. What Washington wanted most at linebacker: an elite player with versatility, and they got it in Davis. There is a risk due to his inexperience, but if he hits, Washington could have much more than a good front four.
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patient approach: washington liked quarterback justinfields, and he definitely knows he needs a young quarterback to build, but he wasn’t so enthralled that he wanted to move up in the first round. the team was content to see if he fell to no. 19. But the team has made it clear that he wants to build his roster first before being aggressive for a quarterback. Washington watched Kansas City bosses build his team; Trainer Andy Reid was there five years and built a consistent winner before trading him for Patrick Mahomes. And the San Francisco 49ers were aggressive this season, but they have a good enough roster to make it to the Super Bowl two years ago.
no offense? washington still needs more to help improve an offense that ranked in the bottom seven in both points and yards in 2020, but when you look at their schedule this season and the trend In the NFC East, it’s understandable that he went on defense first. Here are the quarterbacks the team will face this season: Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Justin Herbert, Tom Brady, Dak Prescott (twice), Matt Ryan, Derek Carr, Josh Allen and Aaron Rodgers (maybe). And in the division, the Philadelphia Eagles drafted wide receiver Devonta Smith while the Dallas Cowboys Prescott are healthy, and the New York Giants added wide receiver Kenny Golladay in free agency and drafted wide receiver Kadarius Toney in the first round. from Thursday. Rivera knows that a special defense will help any future young quarterback.
round 2, nope. 51 total: samuel cosmi, ot, texas
my opinion: washington traded trent williams a year ago and cosmi could come in as their starting left tackle with morgan moses on the right side.
In 2020, he started all eight games he played at Texas before opting out and started all but one of his 35 career games. He was a team captain and a first-team Big 12 draft pick in 2020. He’s not a tremendous athlete, but he has the smarts to know how to stay in good position to protect the quarterback.
washington’s strength is its defensive line and rivera wants to build its offensive line in a similar way. With Cosmi joining Moses, Ereck Flowers, Chase Roullier and Brandon Scherff, Washington could be on to something in its bid to defend its NFC East title. – archer todd
round 3, nope. 74 overall: benjamin st-juste, cb, minnesota
my take: the starting cornerback isn’t a pressing need after washington added william jackson iii in free agency, but the team could use depth in the secondary and there’s always the possibility that st-juste is seen as a security. Originally from Quebec, Canada, St-Juste appeared in 18 games in Minnesota, including five last season, where he finished with 11 tackles and one pass defensed.
round 3, nope. 82 total: dyami brown, wr, north carolina
My take: Washington added another receiver to complement Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphries.
brown provides the ability to move around the field with a 4.4 speed and good athleticism. He’s not the typical big outside receiver that Washington perhaps needed, but he tracks deep passes well. The 6-foot-1, 189-pound Brown is a bit of a roughneck from North Carolina, but he’s a talented player with potential and a good addition to the wide receiver mix in the third round. he was the best player available from mel kiper jr. at the time of his selection. – jordan raanan
round 4, nope. 124th overall: john bates, te, boise state
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my take: washington needed more depth at tight end and wanted another pass catcher to go with logan thomas. bat speed should help, especially on the seams. If it does, then it helps diversify the offense, particularly with the weapons Washington has added at wide receiver in Curtis Samuel and third-round pick Dyami Brown.
bates also has the size (6-5, 250) to become a quality blocker, something washington absolutely needs.
round 5, nope. 163 overall: darrick forrest, s, cincinnati
My take: Washington needs a starting free safety, but it’s hard to say Foster can be that guy. he has leadership skills, he was team captain, and he was productive. Foster showed that he could play the box or deep and even cover something in the slot. There’s some question as to whether he’s big enough or fast enough to start, but at least he can help out on special teams and subpackages.
round 6, nope. 225 total: cheeseman shrimp, ls, michigan
My take: After releasing veteran long snapper Nick Sundberg this offseason, Washington needed to find his replacement. he found it in cheeseman, considered one of the best in the country thanks to its consistency. he opted out this season. Sundberg was excellent for 11 seasons, rarely making a bad snap, but injuries over the years, and triceps surgery this offseason, left the team wondering how much he had left.
round 7, nope. 240 total: william bradley-king, lb/de, baylor
my opinion: bradley-king was primarily a pass-rusher in college, transferring to baylor after three years at arkansas state. At 252 pounds, he’ll probably have to add weight to be an effective runner in Washington’s 4-3 base front, though if he does, he’ll be a situational runner. Washington needs more young pass-rushers to become capable backups behind Chase Young and Montez Sweat.
round 7, nope. 246 total: shaka toney, lb/de, penn state
My take: For the second straight pick, Washington drafted a potential situational pass-rusher in subpackages. Toney was an outside linebacker/edge rusher and recorded five sacks in nine games in 2020. He ran 4.55 in the 40-yard dash on his pro day and is considered a “jittery” athlete. they need to build depth with young frontrunners. special teams will also be important here and speed and toney size will help.
round 7, nope. 258 total: dax milne, wr, byu
my take: milne was one of zach wilson’s favorite targets and he caught 70 passes for 1,188 yards and eight touchdowns. he is considered a good road runner and is a decent size at 6-foot-1 and 193 pounds. his play on special teams will dictate whether he makes the roster. Washington has enough depth at wide receiver that it will be difficult but not impossible to earn a spot.