At pick number 19, the Washington Football Team can go in several directions. The additions of Curtis Samuel, Adam Humphries, and William Jackson fill some major holes. At left tackle, Cornelius Lucas is slated to be the starter for Washington. Although Lucas has been a phenomenal pass protector, he could improve as a run blocker.
The left tackle class is deep, and it might be wise of Ron Rivera and the front office to take advantage of that depth. Nabbing Darrisaw would force Lucas out of the lineup but into a swing-tackle role where he could become the best in the entire league. A middling Washington offensive line would immediately become a strength for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Scott Turner-led offense.
Darrisaw, the Riverdale Baptist alumni, grew up exactly 13.4 miles from FedEx Field, where Washington plays all their home games. Admittedly, Darrisaw was a huge fan of the team growing up and has dreamed of playing in Washington. Darrisaw also made it seem like Washington is one of the more heavily interested teams.
He stated that he met with General Manager Martin Mayhew and offensive line coach John Matsko, who went over the playbook with the Virginia Tech prospect. There is no doubt the Darrisaw has a ceiling of pick number 10 to the Cowboys and must pass blind-side needy teams like the Chargers and Vikings, but if he just so happen to make it pick 19, Darrisaw seems to be a Football Team favorite as the 2021 NFL Draft approaches.
What would Darrisaw bring to Washington Football Team
You could argue that Christian Darrisaw is the best offensive tackle in the entire class; that is how good the traits are of Darrisaw. Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater are often touted as the very best, but what do they do significantly better? At 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, Darrisaw has the size and length that offensive line coaches salivate over. As an athlete, Darrisaw has all the tools to become a dominant pass protector and zone-run blocker. In a Washington zone-heavy scheme, Darrisaw becomes an ideal target and fit for Washington.
Not many players have the opportunity to start as a true freshman on the offensive line, but Darrisaw did just that. Despite having more functional strength, likely due to his immature frame, Darrisaw still was able to win with top-notch fluidity and mobility. As his collegiate career went on, Darrisaw grew into his frame and took another step from a technical standpoint.
You would like to see Darrisaw win consistently at the point of attack, but the elite pass protecting traits make up for some of the run blocking deficiencies. Darrisaw is often referred to as a high character individual, adding elite lockerroom traits for a professional team.
Many evaluators view Darrisaw as one of the class’s safer prospects, thanks to his character, length, size, and mobility. If you need a tackle, you are getting a high floor player that will contribute immediately – in the community, in the locker room, and on the field for the Washington Football Team.