The Washington Football Team needs some work. Free agency was filled with jaw-dropping signings as the period went underway in March. Big names are set to be in new uniforms come March. The offseason took a toll on a lot of teams with the salary cup cuts. There were contracts being restructured, retirements, and trades. With everything going on with the Washington Football Team in 2020, Head coach Ron Rivera made subtle moves to improve the areas in need. They might not have gotten everything in free agency, but they added some key needs in areas that required them.
Adding players like William Jackson III, Curtis Samuel, Adam Humphries, Tyler Larsen, and Ryan Fitzpatrick, Washington was able to fill some deep holes in areas that were on the priority list. However, there are still some holes that need to be filled on the roster. I’ve taken the liberty to analyze and make a list of where they can plug in some areas on the team through the draft. Here are my three essential positions the Washington Football Team needs to address.
Washington Football Team Needs: Quarterback
The Washington Football Team added the veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick as a fill-in option until they can find their franchise QB. That franchise QB could be in this year’s draft, or possibly next year as they wait. Washington released Alex Smith last month, and Smith retired in April. Washington hopes to possibly find a young QB who can sit and learn behind Fitzpatrick and be groomed to be the starter.
There are some hidden gems at the QB position in this year’s draft, but who are they? We already know that the top 5 QBs will be snagged in the first 10 picks. Who will be available in the next set of picks? I have a few in mind that Washington can plug in around the 3rd round. I doubt Washington will select a QB in the first round when an offensive lineman is a top priority at the moment. So here are a few of my picks and what round they could be selected in.
Washington Football Team Needs: Offensive Lineman
I highly believe that Washington will select an offensive lineman in the first round. It makes perfect sense because they have to be able to protect their investment at the QB position. There are some good selections to choose from in the first round, and some in the second round depending on the circumstance of the draft. The Washington Football Team needs to begin forming its foundation on that offensive line.
Washington has added Tyler Larsen to the offensive line crew, but its not enough. Washington must build a steady offensive line to ensure the safety of their franchise QB of the future. Here are a few picks that Washington can take in the first and second round.
- Alijah Vera-Tucker (USC – 1st Round)
- Samuel Cosmi (Texas – 1st Round)
- Alex Leatherwood (Alabama – 2nd Round)
- Brady Christensen (BYU – 3rd Round)
Washington Football Team Needs: Linebacker
Washington has struggled to find a consistent linebacker to lead their defense sense the retiring of London Fletcher in 2013. Reuben Foster hasn’t played a snap since being on the roster. Cole Holcomb hasn’t emerged as a top LB, but has improved every year since being drafted. They have signed two veteran LBs the last few years Thomas Davis and Jon Bostic. Davis retired, and Bostic is still on the roster as a veteran leader.
Washington Football Team has their defensive line set finally with the addition of the 2020 DROY recipient Chase Young drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft. With Montez Sweat and Young on the edge, Washington also has the IDL Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, and Jonathan Allen. The only thing they need to complete their front seven, is a consistent linebacker core.
Last season, the Washington Football Team hired DC Jack Del Rio, and his presence was known and felt all season long. However, the defense still needs a linebacker core that is consistent week in and week out. These linebacker prospects I’ve chosen are my selections I think Washington can benefit from. Make no mistake, Washington top priority is also at the linebacker position as well as the offensive line. This is depending on if the top 5 QBs are taken early as well.
- Micah Parsons (Penn State – 1st Round)
- Jamin Davis (Kentucky – 1st Round)
- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Notre Dame – 1st Round)
- Zaven Collins (Tulsa – 1st Round)
- Jabril Cox (LSU – 2nd Round)
- Garret Wallow (TCU – Early 6th Round)
Washington Football Team Needs Recap
The Washington Football Team needs to really be careful with the selections. Washington also can move up into the draft with some trades as well. A lot can happen within the week while we patiently wait for the draft to commence.
There are some other spots on the roster Washington can fill at for depth reasons, and there are some players that Washington can use as well. Below are a few honorable mentions.
- Quinn Meinerz OL (Univ. of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Late 2nd, Early 3rd)
- Jeremy Bell DB (Univ. of Charleston – Late 3rd, Early 4th)
- Jordan Smith EDGE (UAB – Early 3rd)
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