Washington Football Team Three Round Mock Draft

Jan 9, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) stands on the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington’s NFL franchise may still be nameless, but they may be preparing to make a big jump in 2021. After going 7-9 and stumbling into an NFC East title, the team has made some major moves to this point in the offseason. They brought in veteran journeyman, Ryan Fitzpatrick, at quarterback after a carousel year for Washington. Four different QBs saw starting time in Washington during 2020, so hopefully Fitzpatrick can bring a year of stability to the organization. 

The team also made a couple free agency splashes with the signings of veteran receivers Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphries. Adding these two to a receiving core of Terry McLaurin and Logan Thomas should give Fitzpatrick plenty of options to throw to. There will also be plenty of time to throw as Washington’s maintains an o-line that is one of the best in the league. 

Washington’s main focus going into this draft should be improving their linebacker and defensive back units. The signing of William Jackson in free agency will help, but they need more players capable of playing in coverage alongside their pass rushers. 

Round One

No. 19- LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Notre Dame)

Oct 12, 2019; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive back Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (6) celebrates after sacking USC Trojans quarterback Kedon Slovis (9) in the first quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

This may be a perfect fit between prospect and player. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is a bit undersized, so he will probably find it difficult to make a major impact along the line of scrimmage. That said, Washington doesn’t need much help on that front. What they do need is pass coverage, and being a converted safety, Owusu-Koramoah can do just that for the Washington Football Team. His speed and athleticism allow him to keep up with just about anybody. With that speed, he could also find some success as a pass rusher, especially with the attention that Chase Young and Montez Sweat garner at the edges.

Round Two

No. 51- CB Kelvin Joseph (Kentucky)

Oct 17, 2020; Knoxville, TN, USA; Kentucky defensive back Kelvin Joseph (1) celebrates a touchdown, during the second quarter of a game between Tennessee and Kentucky at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Mandatory Credit: Calvin Mattheis-USA TODAY NETWORK

Kelvin Joseph may be a bit of a project at first, but alongside William Jackson III and Kendall Fuller, he should be able to find success in Washington’s system. Joseph has decent size, great speed, and a fierce competitive spirit in his play. He keeps players in front of him, and his ball skills make him a dynamic playmaker that can get the ball back in his offense’s hands. For a team that was already top-10 in forcing turnovers last year, Joseph could be lethal on Washington’s defense. 

Round Three

No. 74- OT Brady Christensen (OT)

Oct 2, 2020; Provo, UT, USA; BYU’ quarterback Zach Wilson, right, celebrates teammate Brady Christensen (67) after scoring against Louisiana Tech in the second half during an NCAA college football game Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Provo, Utah. Mandatory Credit: Rick Bowmer/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Washington has a great starting o-line, but they could use some more depth. They also need to think towards the future. Their left tackle, Cornelius Lucas, will be a free agent after this year and will certainly command more than the $2.05 million cap hit that he has in 2021. Christensen is a somewhat risky choice in the first two rounds, but he has great upside for a mid-third rounder. He was the anchor of an historic offensive line at BYU, and his Pro Day athleticism numbers were off the charts. In a perfect world, he will be an overqualified rotational guy and could develop into the everyday starter in future years. 

No. 82- QB Kyle Trask (QB)

Dec 30, 2020; Arlington, TX, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask (11) in the pocket in the second quarter against the Oklahoma Sooners at ATT Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Fitzpatrick is more than likely the week one starter in 2021, but he is by no means a long term solution at QB. By taking Kyle Trask in the late third round, they can put him under Fitzpatrick’s wing for a year, let him learn the offense, and potentially give him the keys in 2022. Trask has very high potential with his dual-threat talent. He is a capable runner and has a strong arm to complement. He has had a few injuries in his career, so that is a bit of a concern, but he was fully healthy in 2020. 

Closing Thoughts

Washington doesn’t have a ton of dire needs in this draft. The offense has been addressed extensively in free agency, so they don’t have a ton of needs there. As I said, they could use some depth on the o-line, but nothing they should use a first rounder on. Their defense is still elite as well, and if they can pick up a few players to help their secondary, this team should be competitive again.