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Washington Football Team 2021 Draft Preview

First Round Pick: #19

Top Positional Needs: OT, DB, QB

While they just signed Ryan Fitzpatrick in the off season, Washington will eventually need to draft a QB, but at #19, they’ll have to trade up to get any of the top 5 guys who are worth first round picks. Plus, they have plenty of other weak spots to address, most glaringly at left tackle and in the secondary, though their defense is already very strong as it is.

Who Could Be Available:

Christian Darrisaw, OL, Virginia Tech

Darrisaw is athletic, physical and the type of cerebral lineman who excels at the next level. More importantly, he’s experienced and prove he can be dominant in both the pass and run blocking games. In 2020, he gave up zero hits on the quarterback or sacks in 293 dropbacks, a remarkable stat. Rebuilding the line starts with a lineman like Darrisaw.

Trevon Moehrig, DB, TCU

The second team All American and winner of the Jim Thorpe Award for the nation’s best defensive back is one of the most intriguing prospects in the draft. He can play everywhere on the field and in college lined up in the slot, at corner and at the safety position. He’s a good tackler, cover man and has a nose for big plays – over his career he total 21 deflections, 7 INTs, and 2 forced fumbles. Fit will be a question in the NFL, as he’s a little small for a strong safety and could lack the speed to play single high.

Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC

Vera-Tucker can start from day one and slot in pretty much anywhere on the line. He started 13 games at left guard for USC in 2019 and then switched out to left tackle last season, where he showcased his athleticism and pass blocking skills. Not a flashy pick but a smart long-term selection for rebuild the line.  

Sleeper Draft Pick:

Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

Standing 6’2 with impressive frame and hands, Bateman averaged over 20 yards per catch  in college and has downfield big play ability. He’s not the most explosive player in the draft, but as a strong route runner with long strides, he can beat corners deep and be relied on to most the sticks on third down. Receiver is not an immediate need for the Redskins, especially with the success of Terry McLaurin, but you can never have too many weapons and Bateman is a dangerous one.

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