Sunday, March 7, 2021

Pre-Free Agency Washington Football Team 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 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:

EDSFootball - Hanson (3/5)

19. Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC

Moved to left tackle in 2020 to replace Austin Jackson, the 18th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Vera-Tucker has played equally well on the outside as he had previously at guard. Especially if WFT allows Brandon Scherff to reach free agency, Vera-Tucker should be in play here given his athleticism and movement skills, balance and versatility.

ESPN - McShay (3/4)

19. Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

Toney still needs some refining, but his versatility, explosiveness and nose for the end zone would immediately help an offense that registered the second-fewest yards per play and eighth-fewest points scored in 2020. His skill set will be effective in the quick game, as Washington finds ways to get the ball in his hands.

John Keim on his fit with Washington: Toney would fit well with offensive coordinator Scott Turner, who likes versatility. He can be moved around and even align in the backfield on occasion. Washington might add a free-agent receiver too. After all, Terry McLaurin was targeted 83 more times than the next highest receiver in 2020.

CBS Sports - Trapasso (3/3)

19. Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC

Vera-Tucker can play guard if Brandon Scherff signs elsewhere in free agency and, as we saw in 2020, he can thrive at tackle.

The Athletic - Beat Writers (3/1)

19. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

There's a quarterback on the board in Alabama's Mac Jones, and that's Washington's top need, but adding a veteran to the current mix is the more likely outcome. There's a solid case here for a receiver (Florida's Kadarius Toney) or left tackle (Darrisaw), and no doubt an offense that ranked 25th in scoring last season needs more oomph. However, the linebacking unit is the clear weak link defensively and a group coach Ron Rivera called out at times during the season. Owusu-Koramoah finished with 11 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles last season. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder brings needed speed and versatility to a defense lacking that element behind a loaded line. -- Ben Standig

Touchdown Wire - Farrar (2/26)

19. Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

To be clear: This is what I think the Washington Football Team might do with its 19th overall pick, given their need for a quarterback after the failed Dwayne Haskins experiment. This is not what I would do, given Jones' severe movement limitations and (at least to date) inability to do anything of note outside the pocket on everything from boot-action throws to scramble drills. In today's NFL, when quarterbacks are asked more than ever to make things happen with movement, having a stationary field general is a big risk.

Still, it's tough to ignore Jones' 2020 stats, buttressed as they were by marvelous targets and an dominant offensive line. Last season, Jones completed 311 of 402 passes for 4.500 yards, 41 touchdowns, and four interceptions. When under pressure, Jones completed 56 of 88 passes for 976 yards, 556 air yards, 13 touchdowns, two interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 131.4. No quarterback in a major program had more touchdown passes or had a higher quarterback rating under pressure. On throws of 20 or more air yards, Jones completed 33 of 56 passes for 1.355 yards, 17 touchdowns, two interceptions, and a passer rating of 128.0. No other quarterback had more deep touchdown passes than Jones.

Play-action or not? It didn't matter. Jones threw 19 touchdown passes to two interceptions with play-action, and 22 touchdown passes to two interceptions without. If Jones can get to the point where he can be at least functional outside the pocket, perhaps he'll be worth the first-round draft capital some team is going to spend for him. Until then, caveat emptor. - Casserly (2/25)

19. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

A better prospect than Isaiah Simmons, Owusu-Koramoah will make an immediate impact and eventually become a star. A quarterback could certainly be in play here, depending on what Washington decides to do this offseason. - Meinke (2/25)

19. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

Washington's defensive front is loaded. But the second level is a mess, and the clear weak link. Owusu-Koramoah had 11 tackles for loss and forced three fumbles for the Fighting Irish last season.

San Diego Union Tribune (2/24)

19. Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say Taylor Heinicke isn't the quarterback of the future for the Football Team. A showcase game against Central Arkansas didn't really do Lance's draft stock any favors, but there's too much arm talent and playmaking ability to deny here. The measurables check every box. It wouldn't be shocking if he is selected much higher.

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