What will the Washington Football Team do with the 19th pick?
What a season it’s been for the Washington Football Team. After winning the NFC East with a 7-9 record, Washington gave the Buccaneers quite the fight Saturday night with COVID-19 quarantined backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke.
Heinicke put his body on the line and played some good football that might’ve earned him a spot on this roster going into 2021. Despite their record, the Washington Football Team could find themselves right back in the playoff hunt very soon with a good offseason.
Finding a new QB in D.C.
Some of the holes on this team are obvious, and it starts at the most crucial position on the field, quarterback. Washington has started four different quarterbacks this season and doesn’t seem to have found a future in any of them. Dwayne Haskins struggled out of the gate this year, and with some character concerns, it led to his release less than two years removed from being a first round pick. Kyle Allen broke his ankle early in the season, and it led to Alex Smith finding his way back to a starting role.
Alex Smith has put together one of the most inspiring football stories by coming back from his gruesome leg injury and winning games for the Washington Football Team. Smith is a great story but isn’t the answer long term for this team. He would be under contract for another two seasons with a $10 million in dead cap this summer if he were cut. Taylor Heinicke put together a great game in the Wild Card but can’t be the guy going into next season.
What are other team needs of Washington Football Team?
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So, how do you solve this quarterback problem? For me, I think it’s free agency. It was losing as the worst playoff team puts Washington at 19th overall in the draft. A position too far to move up and get a top quarterback prospect and too far back to hope one falls. We could see a guy like Mac Jones at this range, but I think it’s too risky for a team that’s ready to win very soon.
At 19th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, I think Washington should try and fill some other holes on this roster. Most of them lie on the offensive side of the ball. Wide receiver is very thin after Terry McLaurin. Also, there are holes all over this offensive line, mainly at left tackle and left guard. On defense, this team is stacked with one of the best defensive lines in football. They need some help at linebacker and maybe even corner, depending on how the offseason goes.