Washington Football Team 2021 NFL Draft Class Breakdown

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Washington Football Team Post-Draft Team Guide

The Washington Football Team enters the 2021 season on the heels of an, ahem, division title in 2020 and the promise of a brighter tomorrow. Washington’s roster is, in many places, well-stocked to compete and this team should be more consistent across the board with the steps taken in 2021 under Ron Rivera’s watch. This was a team that tackled unbelievable adversity in 2020—Rivera was diagnosed and treated for cancer on the doorstep of the season while also dealing with a four-headed quarterback carousel and, of course, the dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic. But a 2-7 record ended with a 5-2 finish and an NFC East title—and now Washington is looking to add stability via veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and a big 2021 draft class. 

Is their class enough to push the team into a winning record and a return to the postseason? Let’s take a look and find out:

Round 1: Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky

Projecting Davis behind the Washington defensive line is super appealing—having four first-round linemen playing in front of any linebacker will go a long way in setting them up for success. But the physicality of Daron Payne, Jon Allen, Montez Sweat, and Chase Young plus the depth players behind them should make life much easier for Davis as compared to other landing spots across the league. Davis has explosive sideline-to-sideline range and reminded me some of Buffalo’s Tremaine Edmunds from a few years back. Edmunds went No. 16 overall and has had bright flashes of play, but he’s never played with a group in front of him like what Davis will have in 2021. 

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Kyle Crabbs

Director of Scouting

Kyle Crabbs is the Director of Scouting for The Draft Network. Prior to his time with TDN, Kyle worked for seven years as the founder of his own third-party scouting service, NDT Scouting. Providing media coverage and also consultation services for agencies, Crabbs penned an annual NFL Draft Prospectus featuring 300+ player profiles on an annual basis from 2014-2020. Crabbs is currently the co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast with fellow TDN scout Joe Marino and helps coordinate TDN's national scouting effort.