Jaylen Waddle, Washington Football Team Mock Draft First Round Pick

Washington Football Team 2021 7-Round NFL Mock Draft

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By Michael Schottey February 24, 2021 0 Comment
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Washington Football Team Gives Offense a Big Boost in our 2021 7-Round Mock Draft

While quarterback might be the position most often selected in Washington Football Team Mock Drafts, the chances of WFT finding their QB of the future at pick No. 19 is less than likely. Plenty of QB-needy teams will be drafting above them. So, Washington will either need to trade up or end up reaching for a lesser talent.

In this Washington Football Team 7-Round NFL Mock Draft, trades were not an option. Instead, the aim was a “best of both worlds” scenario. The assumption is that Washington’s QB will be found another way. Maybe it’s via trade—rolling the dice with someone like Sam Darnold, Jimmy Garoppolo, or Teddy Bridgewater. Or, it could be free agency: Jacoby Brissett, Ryan Fitzpatrick, or Andy Dalton. Perhaps it’s just standing pat and seeing what someone like Kyle Allen really brings to the table.

Failing a trade-up for one of the draft’s top quarterbacks, those are the real options. That leaves a draft scenario further improving a playoff team that cannot make it to the next level without a better passer under center.

This Washington Football Team Mock Draft was conducted using Pro Football Focus’s Draft Simulator.

Pick 1.19 Jaylen Waddle (WR Alabama)

Currently, Football Team doesn’t have a whole lot of weapons in the passing game. Waddle is the perfect pairing with “Scary” Terry McLaurin. McLaurin fits the prototypical “X” receiver role—especially if his game continues to mature. Meanwhile, Waddle is a high-caliber “Z” receiver who can play all over the field and have No. 1-level production even as the second or third read.

Pick 2.51 Jaycee Horn (CB South Carolina)

Horn, who excels in man coverage, isn’t a great scheme fit for a defense that ran man coverage roughly 25 percent of the time in 2020, but he was far and away the best defensive back on the board. He would also step onto Football Team as the second or third-best corner almost immediately. However, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has a history with man and combo coverages, so this pick would lead the defense in that direction.

Pick 3.74 Pat Freiermuth (TE Penn State)

Leaning hard into “best-player-available” with this Washington Football Team Mock Draft. Yes, Logan Thomas exists, but he was force-fed the ball in 2020 because of the lack of weapons on the offense. Thomas is also approaching 30 and the former QB has never been the best blocker—especially in the run game. Enter Freiermuth, who is every bit the receiving threat and red zone target that Thomas is…with lots of room to continue to grow. Suddenly, the Washington offense has both multiple weapons and scheme versatility.

Pick 3.83 Davis Mills (QB Stanford)

I know this isn’t the quarterback you want, but at this point in the draft, it’s the shot you take. If this were 2011, Mills would be in the conversation for a Day 1 pick. At 6’4″, 225lbs with a good arm and even better release, Mills fits what used to be called “prototypical” for quarterbacks. He’s not overly mobile and doesn’t love to improvise, though, so he’s not what (most) of the NFL is looking for these days. That said, he’s got the tools to succeed at the next level, and this is both a solid developmental pick and a guy who will compete from Day 1.

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Pick 4.124 Liam Eichenberg (T Notre Dame)

Eichenberg falls in this mock, and Washington runs to the podium after considering him for each of the last three picks. Potentially a Day 1 starter for a team that struggled on the left side of the line. Eichenberg offers a little bit of positional flexibility, but he fits best as a tackle for a run-heavy team that utilizes mostly man/power blocking schemes—check and check.

Pick 5.164 Jevon Holland (CB/S Oregon)

Holland has the ability to play either slot CB or safety at the next level. For Washington, it’s probably a little bit of both. Not only is Washington looking for a few good safeties this offseason, but their nickel package also struggled overall last season. The combo of Horn in the second and Holland here makes Football Team’s defensive line that much more dangerous.

Pick 7.243 Quinn Meinerz (iOL Wisc-Whitewater)

Meinerz could go as high as the second round and likely won’t last to Day 3, so until the simulators catch up, he’s going to be a pick on a lot of mocks like this one. Even if Meinerz isn’t there, a pick like this would help Washington tremendously. Think interior offensive lineman with positional flexibility who loves to maul people. A pick this late isn’t going to start for a fringe playoff team in Year 1, but a scheme fit with upside who backs up multiple positions is a darn good add.

Pick 7.245 Trey Sermon (RB Ohio State)

This pick doesn’t have anything to do with Antonio Gibson or J.D. McKissic—both of whom were great for Washington last season. Instead, Sermon slots in behind Gibson to spell him as a power runner for a handful of carries a game. Sermon would also be in the mix for “starter” carries if Gibson was out.

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Michael Schottey is a sports writing & radio industry veteran of over a decade with stops in local sports radio, podcasting and sites like Bleacher Report, Forbes, Fansided and many others. He serves as Director of Operations for The Brawl Network and is a member of the Professional Football Writers of America and the Society of Professional Journalists.

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