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In anticipation for the 2021 NFL Draft, which will be held April 29 - May 1 in Cleveland, here's a compilation of various' league experts' predictions about what the Washington Football Team will do with the No. 19 overall pick. Check back weekly until the draft for more updates.
Expert: Todd McShay, ESPN
Selection: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida (Feb. 9)
- Analysis: "Toney isn't the most polished receiver in the class, but he is ultraversatile and offensive coordinator Scott Turner could get very creative with the way the team uses him. After Terry McLaurin (1,118 yards), you have to look all the way down to Cam Sims (477) for the second-most productive WR on Washington this season. Toney caught 10 touchdowns with the Gators in 2020."
Expert: Mel Kiper Jr, ESPN
Selection: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech (Feb. 25)
- Analysis: "What's Washington going to do at quarterback? I don't have one on the board this late with a Round 1 grade. If we assume Washington will figure that out before the draft -- free agency starts in less than three weeks -- that makes this pick easier. This team already has a young, talented defense, but it could address the offensive line, particularly if guard Brandon Scherff leaves next month. Darrisaw had a fantastic season, excelling as a run- and pass-blocker. He could play either tackle spot. In a rare deep tackle class, Washington could get a Day 1 starter here."
Previous Selections: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida (Feb. 7)
A photo compilation of various league experts' predictions about what Washington will do with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Expert: Cynthia Frelund, NFL.com
Selection: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama (Mar. 2)
- Analysis: "Ooh, my model likes Surtain, especially in the NFC East, where currently only the Cowboys pose a big threat to Washington. Per PFF, over the past two seasons, no receiver covered by Surtain earned more than 65 yards in a single game."
Expert: Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network/NFL.com
Selection: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech (Feb. 16)
- Analysis: "Washington is going to address the quarterback position one way or another. I'm guessing the Football Team goes with a veteran addition to free them up to upgrade the offensive line with this pick."
- Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida (Jan. 22)
Expert: Chad Reuter, NFL.com
Selection: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama (Feb. 8)
- Analysis: "Alex Smith's comeback is an amazing story, but at 36, with noticeable mobility issues, he's no longer a quarterback Washington can confidently build around. Last time the franchise drafted a big, strong-armed passer … it didn't work out. Maybe this time the team will take a guy who can operate an efficient offense that will give its outstanding defense a break. To beat out competitors for Jones, such as the Patriots and Saints, new GM Martin Mayhew might need to give up a second-round pick in this draft and the next to move up."
Expert: Charley Casserly, NFL.com
Selection: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame (Feb. 25)
- Analysis: "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."
Expert: Bucky Brooks, NFL.com
Selection: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama (Feb. 1)
- Analysis: "Washington is still searching for a long-term answer under center. Jones is a pinpoint pocket passer with the intangibles and leadership skills to act as Ron Rivera's top lieutenant for a team on the rise."
Expert: Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Selection: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss (Feb. 4)
- Analysis: "This is a tough pick to project, as many of the elite position players at areas of need will be gone. Fortunately for Washington, Moore is flying well under the radar. He's a very consistent, high-volume slot receiver with excellent hands and toughness."
Expert: Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports
Selection: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida (Mar. 1)
- Analysis: "Five quarterbacks are off the board, as are the three top offensive linemen, so instead, the Football Team gets a playmaker in Toney, who was special during the '20 season for the Gators. In Washington he'll join Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson, two young stars in the making."
Expert: Josh Edwards, CBS Sports
Selection: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech (Feb. 25)
- Analysis: "Washington has been in the market for a left tackle since Trent Williams demanded a trade to San Francisco. Christian Darrisaw steps in to fill the void. The only question remaining, who will start at quarterback?"
Previous Selections: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina (Feb. 18)
Expert: Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports
Selection: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida (Feb. 24)
- Analysis: "Toney has gadget skills and the speed to threaten down the vertical route tree. Washington needs another playmaker opposite Terry McLaurin."
Expert: Pete Prisco, CBS Sports
Selection: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama (Feb. 16)
- Analysis: "He was special last season, and this is a position of need for Washington. WFT made calls on Matt Stafford, so even with Taylor Heinicke re-signed, they need help."
The Washington Football Team's top offensive plays from the 2020 season.
Expert: Chris Burke, The Athletic
Selection: Trevon Moehrig-Woodard, S, TCU (Mar. 3)
- Analysis: "More likely to trade up or down? Up, should one of the top four quarterbacks start to fall. They were gone by pick No. 8 here, meaning Washington likely would have to get to at least No. 7. It would take multiple first-rounders to make it happen. The other option is to take Mac Jones (or another QB) at this spot. Thought about it, but The Athletic's Ben Standig just wrote that the WFT is hunting a veteran: Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, etc. Instead, it's Moehrig-Woodard, a player who does pretty much everything well."
Expert: Walter Cherepinsky, Walter Football
Selection: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia (Mar. 2)
- Analysis: "The Washington Football Team have an elite defensive line, which helps the secondary. Can you imagine how potent the defense would be with superior cornerback play? Tyson Campbell is a very strong, physical cornerback with great size (6-2, 180)."
Expert: Ben Standig, The Athletic
Selection: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame (Feb. 24)
- Analysis: "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."
Expert: Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News
Selection: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida (Feb. 23)
- Analysis: "Washington might really be considering rolling with young Taylor Heinicke or another veteran bridge option while it upgrades its offense elsewhere for now, with tackle and wide receiver high on the radar. Toney is dynamic after the catch and also has some middle of the field-stretching ability. He would be an ideal big-play slot complement to Terry McLaurin."
The Washington Football Team's top defensive plays from the 2020 season.
Expert: Nate Davis, USA Today
Selection: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota (Feb. 22)
- Analysis: "Appears they'll have myriad options at quarterback – Alex Smith, Kyle Allen, Taylor Heinicke … maybe they'll even make a play for Darnold. But it doesn't appear the WFT will get a shot at a top passing prospect in this spot. Yet securing Bateman, who averaged more than 20 yards per catch and hauled in 11 TDs in 2019, would diversify an attack that got scant output from wide receivers not named Terry McLaurin in 2020."
Expert: Anthony Treash, Pro Football Focus
Selection: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech (Feb.22)
- Analysis: "Darrisaw didn't quite break Penei Sewell's record for the highest single-season PFF grade by a Power 5 tackle (95.8), but he certainly challenged it, and he did so despite going against far stiffer competition. Darrisaw led all Power 5 tackles in both pass- and run-blocking grade this year, culminating in a 95.6 PFF overall grade for the season. The Virginia Tech left tackle logged 293 pass-block snaps across 10 starts in 2020, yet he allowed just six pressures, all of which were hurries. He also notched the highest positively graded run-block rate in the Power 5 for his efforts as a people-mover in the Hokies' zone-rushing attack."
Expert: Matt Miller, The Draft Scout
Selection: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida (Feb. 18)
- Analysis: "Mac Jones feels like a possibility here, but Ron Rivera isn't likely to tie his future to a quarterback with less-than-average athleticism and a so-so arm. Expect Washington to be very involved in Sam Darnold talks and to add weapons—like Florida burner Kadarius Toney—to make sure whomever is under center has weapons galore."
Expert: Danny Kelly, The Ringer
Selection: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame (Feb. 18)
- Analysis: "I just love the idea of Owusu-Koramoah playing behind Washington's dominant defensive line. With Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Chase Young, and Montez Sweat doing their part to keep the Notre Dame playmaker clean at the second level, JOK could do what he does best: fly around the field and make tackles."
- Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech (Jan. 31)
Expert: Austin Gayle, Pro Football Focus
Selection: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina (Feb.15)
- Analysis: "Horn's combination of athleticism and physicality is rare for the cornerback position. He allowed just eight catches from 24 targets for 116 yards in the seven games he played in 2020."
Expert: Nick Farabaugh, Pro Football Network
Selection: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame (Feb. 15)
- Analysis: "An absolute unicorn out there, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah can fit into the Washington Football Team's defense nicely. They need a dominant coverage linebacker, and Owusu-Koramoah can be that. At Notre Dame, he played at linebacker, slot cornerback, and even at safety more than enough to satisfy the need for this pick. An already stout defense gets even better behind one of the best defensive lines in the NFL."
Expert: Jason McIntyre, Fox Sports
Selection: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota (Feb. 12)
- Analysis: "Washington just signed Taylor Heinicke to a two-year extension to compete with *someone* for the starting job, so it seems highly unlikely that this team will be in the market for a QB here."
- Rashod Bateman, Wide Receiver, Minnesota (Jan. 28)
Expert: Dane Brugler, The Athletic
Selection: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State (Feb. 11) -- TRADE UP to No. 7
- Analysis: "With Alex Smith, Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke, Washington has several short-term options at quarterback. But Lance would give the organization a young, high-upside player with the physical talent and football character that translates well to the pro level. With the competition for quarterbacks in this draft, it will likely take multiple draft picks, including a future first, to make this deal happen for Washington."
Expert: Jordan Reid, The Draft Network
Selection: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame (Jan. 28)
- Analysis: "Washington could be aggressive in its pursuit of a QB. With Stafford recently coming available, this could be a pick that's sent to Detroit. For the time being, they are in position to take the best player available on their board. Even though the offense needs lots of help in many spots, the franchise could opt to add more firepower to an already strong defense. Owusu-Koramoah provides a versatile second-level player, something that the second level of the team's front seven currently lacks."