Martin Mayhew and Ron Rivera really turned on the burners in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Washington Football Team front office was wheeling and dealing with division rivals, including the Philadelphia Eagles. Washington came into the draft with seven draft selections and finished with a total of ten. They clear identified guys they liked and made sure they selected them before the draft’s end.
Rivera scrambled last season as a newly hired coach and no familiar faces in the front office. Rivera did most of the free agency and draft work with just Kyle Smith, as most of the front office was fired. The pandemic didn’t make things either, and coach Rivera had to rely on his wife for the technical setup.
It became apparent that Rivera wanted nothing to do with anyone who shook hands with Bruce Allen after firing Smith in this year’s offseason. It had fans wondering if Rivera put this thing together himself. All of the 2020 commotions led Rivera to hire familiar faces throughout the front office. The cohesion of the group became apparent early on, and ultimately leading to a smooth process.
Washington Football Team clearly wanted athleticism, and they got it.
Moving forward, Washington Football Team fans should look forward to the progression of this draft class. The Rivera-led group provided positional depth, filled holes, and added a major upside factor with a few of their picks. Fans should be excited about guys like Jamin Davis, Samuel Cosmi, Dyami Brown, and Shaka Toney. Focusing on athletic traits was either a coincidence or a philosophy because this is arguably the most athletic class Washington has ever seen. Overall, Washington is a team that should threaten the NFC East for years to come, with a defense that could be one of the league’s best.