Saturday, November 27, 2021

Washington Football Team 2022 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 2.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we will update our Washington Football Team Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Washington Football Team from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for Washington:

CBS Sports - Edwards (11/25)

10. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

Willis has room for growth as a passer. In an ideal world, he would sit for a year and learn the position but Washington may not have any other option.

NBC Sports Chicago - Morgan (11/24)

10. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina

Incumbent quarterback, Taylor Heinicke is doing his best to retain his starting position as Washington's primary signal caller going forward. He has the team on a two game winning streak, including an impressive 10 point victory (29-19) over the Super Bowl champion, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If Washington deems Heinicke its quarterback of the present and future, then he'll have to improve upon his average statistical numbers (15 touchdowns to nine interceptions). Otherwise, the lure of drafting Howell, a quarterback with a seemingly higher ceiling and football pedigree, may be too much to pass on for Washington.

NBC Sports Philly - Roche (11/23)

10. Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi

The Willis pick begins the run of QBs, and the FT get theirs in Corral. The Ole Miss signal-caller has become very comfortable in the Rebels' system, and more decisive in his throws. He's thrown just two picks through his first 10 games, compared to 14 last season.

The Draft Network - Sanchez (11/22)

10. Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi

The Washington Football Team hasn't had a consistent QB since Kirk Cousins. With this pick, they select Matt Corral, a QB that has been able to operate a high-powered offense for the last two years. If Washington wants to compete with Dallas for the division title in the next couple of years, they need to solidify the QB situation.

PFF - Treash (11/22)

10. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina

Howell's draft stock dipped due to a downtick in his level of play this season, but he's making the most of an inexperienced supporting cast.

The skill-position group around him is one-dimensional, as he has Josh Downs and nobody else after losing four marquee offensive weapons to the 2021 NFL Draft. Downs has accounted for 57% of the Tar Heels' wide receiver room targets -- the highest of any team in the Power Five. The offensive line, meanwhile, has allowed pressure on nearly half of the team's true pass sets (48.7%, 43rd in the Power Five). That predictability and incredibly poor pass protection have forced Howell to use his legs more often. Despite being on the lower end of the athleticism spectrum, the UNC quarterback actually leads Power Five quarterbacks for the most 10-plus-yard runs by a quarterback this season with 39.

Don't forget about his 2019 and 2020 seasons as an underclassman, when he earned 83.3 and 91.5 PFF grades. The talent didn't leave Howell, but the talent around him did. Along with that, the talent surrounding him as an underclassman wasn't the reason for his success. Put Matt Corral in this situation, and he'd be in the same boat. It's also worth noting Howell still owns an 89.7 PFF grade for the 2021 season.

At this point, I have him rated as the top quarterback in the class.

ESPN - Reid (11/17)

8. Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi

This is not as strong of a quarterback class as we've seen in the past few years, and Corral has been one of the few who has remained consistent throughout the season. Still in search of a franchise quarterback after Dwayne Haskins didn't work out in Round 1 in 2019, Washington could get its pick of the signal-callers in this class. Corral has blossomed in his third season in coach Lane Kiffin's offense. He's an electric thrower with a quick release, and he has unlocked the next stage of his development. After throwing 11 interceptions in two games combined last season (LSU and Arkansas), he has thrown only two this season. As an improved decision-maker, Corral has positioned himself to be atop the quarterback rankings.

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