Washington Football Team: 4 under-the-radar prospects in the 2021 Draft

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The philosophy in free agency for the coach-centric front office was to sign familiar faces and spend wisely. The Washington Football team, which picks 19th in the 2021 Draft, filled a receiving need with former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel. Ronald Darby departed for the Denver Broncos for a better offer, so Washington immediately filled the cornerback need with star defensive back William Jackson III.

Washington Football Team still has holes to fill.

Currently, Washington still has holes to fill via the 2021 NFL Draft. The offensive line severely lacks depth at every position. With Brandon Scherff refusing to sign a long-term deal that would make him the highest-paid interior offensive line in the league, Washington must consider a future replacement. The offensive line is one injury away from playing a guy like Wes Martin and Geron Christian Sr., that is a scary thought.

Lastly, Washington is currently trotting out Antonio Gibson, J.D. McKissic, and Peyton Barber at running back. At first glance, it looks fine. However, McKissic was only effective on sweeps and outside zone runs, mainly on 2nd down. Washington used Barber in short-yardage situations, and although he did convert quite a bit, the guy has no chance to threaten a defense. He is notorious for finishing last in EPA (expected points added) among running backs. He has no chance to create for himself and truly should be left off NFL rosters.

Of course, we have a solid playmaker in Gibson, but the truth is that Gibson is still learning the position. He as a nose for the end zone but left so much yardage on the table thanks to only adequate processing and vision. He needs a back that can contribute in a sequential running game to spell him. A true second or third back would be huge for Washington’s Air Coryell play-action scheme.

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