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Way too early 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup: The Redskins are projected to be terrible again this year

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Who are the Redskins picking in 2021?

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One last mock draft roundup? Yes one last mock draft roundup, this time looking at the way too early projections for the Redskins draft pick in 2021. The mock drafters do not think Washington will be very successful next season, with a draft range from #1 - #4.. Vegas has also set expectations low with a starting line of 4.5 wins for the Redskins in 2020. Not good Bob.

Dwayne Haskins was drafted in the 1st round last year and had a mixed season with some progression in his last two games. Washington also traded for Kyle Allen, who started games for Head Coach Ron Rivera and Offensive Coordinator Scott Turner with the Panthers. This year’s offseason has already been pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic, with most training being done at home and coaching done virtually. Several mock drafts project the Redskins to pick one of the top two QBs(Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields) next year if the season goes as poorly as predicted.

Trent Williams was finally traded during the draft to the 49ers for a 5th round pick, and a 3rd in next year’s draft. The Redskins immediately drafted LSU OT Saahdiq Charles with their first pick in the 4th round. Ron Rivera said he would come in and compete at left tackle and left guard. He is considered a talented player who needs to be trained up to be a full-time starter. This roundup is full of Top 4 offensive tackle help for Washington from Oregon’s Penei Sewell.

The Redskins drafted two Antonios that can play WR this year. Antonio Gibson was drafted in the 3rd round, but the Redskins list him as a RB. Antonio Gandy-Golden was a big, 4th round pick who is definitely going to be used at WR. Our roundup still thinks the Redskins need more help at receiver and has two options for them.

Cornerback was not addressed in this year’s draft, and the Redskins will have a lot of holes at the position with Fabian Moreau entering his contract year, and Ronald Darby only signed to a one year deal. The Redskins also cut Josh Norman and traded Quinton Dunbar to the Seahawks. We got one option for a lockdown corner in the top 4 here.

Where will the Redskins pick, and who/what position should they take next year?

#1

NFL Draft Room

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Big, strong, can make all the throws and has proven it in big games. He’s a franchise changing talent.

Draft Wire(Easterling)

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Tankathon

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Round 2: Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame

#2

The Athletic(Brugler)

Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

If Dwayne Haskins continues to struggle in Year 2, this pick could easily be another Ohio State quarterback. But if Haskins takes a step in the right direction, then continuing to build around him should be the goal, including at left tackle where Sewell can fill the shoes of the departed Trent Williams.

The Draft Network(Sikkema)

Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Penei Sewell is widely considered the best offensive tackle prospect in the 2021 class and a sure-fire top-five pick. He gave up just seven total pressure in 2019.

Sporting News(Iyer)

Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Trent Williams won’t be coming back to Washington after being trade to the 49ers during the 2020 draft. Here’s a rock of a replacement in the 6-6, 325-pound Sewell, who should remain in the top tier of tackles from the class.

Heavy(Somma)

Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

The Redskins finally moved on from Trent Williams, dealing him to San Francisco. If Dwayne Haskins, or Kyle Allen for that matter, prove to be the QB in DC, they will need protection. Sewell graded out as PFF’s third-ranked CFB player of 2019. He allowed a meager seven quarterback pressures on 491-passing block snaps.

NFL Spin Zone(Williams)

Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

I thought long and hard about giving the Washington Redskins a new quarterback, namely Justin Fields, with the No. 2 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Yes, they took Dwayne Haskins in the 2019 first round but there is still very much a chance that he’s not the franchise guy. But he showed just enough promise and progression as a rookie for me to give him the benefit of the doubt — for now.

What is less certain for the Redskins, however, is the future of the offensive line. On Day 3 of the 2020 draft, Washington finally traded All-Pro-caliber offensive tackle Trent Williams to San Francisco in exchange for a fifth-rounder and a 2021 third-rounder. While they landed Saahdiq Charles in Round 4, they are not in a position to pass on a player like Penei Sewell.

If the Oregon left tackle had been eligible for this past draft, he would’ve been the first player at the position off of the board — which is saying something given the high-caliber players available. Sewell won the Outland Trophy as a true sophomore for the Ducks for the best lineman in college football and there was no debate about whether he was deserving.

At 6-6, 330 pounds with road-grading power, high-tier mobility and great hands, Sewell is the type of stalwart left tackle prospect that seems like a can’t-miss commodity. For as good as Williams was when healthy for Washington, Sewell might not just be a replacement but he might be a possible upgrade.

Cleveland.com(Goul)

Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

About Sewell: At 6-6 and 330 pounds, Sewell won the Outland Trophy last year as a sophomore and the country’s best lineman on either side of the football. He could be worth the No. 1 pick.

Washington in 2021: Trent Williams finally found a new home with Saturday’s trade to San Francisco. There could be more openings on Washington’s offensive line with Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff set to be an unrestricted free agent.

Game Haus(DiTullio)

Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

The Redskins just traded Trent Williams and need to protect Dwayne Haskins’ blindside. Sewell played so well in 2019 that some are calling him the best tackle prospect in years.

Bleacher Report(Miller)

Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

The best-case scenario for the Redskins is that Dwayne Haskins develops into the quarterback they—and I—thought he could be coming out of Ohio State. To give him the best chance of developing into a high-level starter, the Redskins must give him legitimate weapons in addition to those already on the roster.

Ja’Marr Chase is one of the most explosive and naturally strong sophomore receivers you’re ever going to evaluate. The biggest question will be how he develops without Joe Burrow at quarterback and Joe Brady as an offensive assistant, but the raw talent he displayed this past season makes him an early watch-list top-three player.

Pro Football Focus(Renner)

Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

Fields started last season like a house on fire but showed some flaws as the season wore on. Still, his performance was every bit elite as he earned a 91.5 overall grade. He is accurate at all levels of the field and is a legit threat with his legs.

Bleacher Report(Tansey)

Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

#3

Pro Football Network(Driscoll)

Patrick Surtain Jr., CB, Alabama

The Redskins will be thinking long and hard about Justin Fields with this pick, but instead, they grab a potential lock-down cornerback, which is something the team desperately lacks in 2020.

Round 2: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

#4

Walter Football

Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson

Terry McLaurin has been incredible so far, but the Redskins could use a second receiver, or rather, a second No. 1 wideout.

Justyn Ross is a 6-4, 210-pound monster who catches everything. Alabama had no answer for him in the national championship.

Poll

Which position will the Redskins be picking in the 1st round in 2021?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    QB
    (832 votes)
  • 6%
    WR
    (223 votes)
  • 32%
    CB
    (1101 votes)
  • 35%
    Other
    (1208 votes)
3364 votes total Vote Now