There’s no Combine this year, and 2021 is a draft preparation environment like none before it. That’s not going to get in the way of my mock drafting extravaganza, however. These mocks are a great tool for fans to familiarize themselves with college talent in advance of the real thing. I’ve previously used the Fanspeak.com mock drafting tool for these articles. This time I decided to try out PFF’s mock draft simulator. Unfortunately, PFF doesn’t provide a link to the full draft.
Given the level of uncertainty around talent evaluation this year, as well as the fact that a number of top players sat 2020 out as a result of COVID-19, compounded with the caliber of players likely to be available at pick #19, I’m very supportive of the idea of trading back from our first round pick this year for more shots on Day 2.
I was able to line up a trade with the Atlanta Falcons sending #19 over for #35, #68, and #108, which ended up working out very nicely.
Round 1, Pick 19:
Trade back with the Falcons for 35, 68, and 108.
Round 2, Pick 3:
Mac Jones (QB)
Travis Etienne (RB)
Landon Dickerson (C)
I have my own doubts about Jones, surrounded by multiple likely first round talents on the offense on the best team in the country. Washington needs a QB prospect, however, and when Jones dropped into my lap here, I couldn’t pass it up, particularly with some of the favorable comps on the message board over the last week or so. Jones’ accuracy is off the charts, even though his athleticism leaves something to be desired. If Scott Turner deems Jones a good fit for his system, this could be a great spot to grab a future starting QB.
Round 2, Pick 19:
Terrance Marshall (WR)
Ifeatu Melifonwu (CB)
Tay Gowan (CB)
Wide receiver is - after QB - perhaps Washington’s great position of need. Marshall has been overshadowed by first round talents (Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase), but he’s a big-bodied (6’3”) WR with great athleticism who would instantly upgrade our WR group.
Round 3, Pick 4:
Jevon Holland (S)
There’s some discussion that Holland could be the best safety available in the draft (though Richie Grant and Trevon Moehrig have jetted up draft boards). Holland provides the positional flexibility that Rivera and Del Rio covet, with the capacity to play in the slot or at safety. Holland also has punt returning experience. He has good instincts and a high football IQ, with his lack of elite athleticism being the only question in some people’s minds.
Round 3, Pick 10:
Traded to the LA Chargers for 97, 118, and 239.
Round 3, Pick 19:
Jalen Mayfield (T)
Some will surely have wanted an offensive lineman earlier, and be sure, I was on the lookout for one, but drafting the best player available, Mayfield fell in my lap here. Mayfield projects as a likely right tackle in the NFL - though he played both sides at Michigan. He needs to work on some technique improvements, but that’s what we have one of the best OL coaches in the league for.
Round 3, Pick 34:
Tommy Togiai (DT)
Togiai is more “stout run defender” than pass rusher, but at this point in the draft, he’s good fuel for the defensive pipeline. He could also eventually serve as Daron Payne or Tim Settle’s replacement.
Round 4, Pick 3:
Dylan Moses (LB)
Moses is capable of playing all 3 LB spots (though projects most likely as a SAM or WILL) at a position of critical need for Washington. We’ve had pretty good luck with Alabama defenders so far, and this hard-hitting athlete with sideline-to-sideline range, could be a great addition.
Round 4, Pick 13:
Rodarius Williams (CB)
Greedy Williams’ older brother, Rodarius was considered by some the most improved cornerback in the nation in 2020. Williams would be an important addition to Washington’s secondary, particularly if Ronald Darby moves on.
Round 4, Pick 19:
Cornell Powell (WR)
Powell didn’t break out until his red-shirt senior season, averaging over 100 yards per game in his last 8 games this year. He has good speed and route running ability, but he’s not an elite athlete. With additional grooming, Powell could be good depth at the position.
Round 5, Pick 19:
James Wiggins (S)
Wiggins has had some injury issues (2019, ACL; 2020, arm injury), but has played very well when he’s been on the field and possesses elite athleticism. He projects as strong safety and special teamer at the next level. Wiggins is precisely the kind of player who could slip because of the lack of a Combine this year.
Round 7, Pick 13:
Nick Eubanks (TE)
I have been a big proponent of drafting tight ends on a regular basis, but the deeper I get into mocks, the less excited I get about drafting a tight end early, because they tend to take so long to develop. I think there’s a lot of value to aiming for guys in the 5th - 7th rounds. Eubanks projects as an “H” tight end, who can help in the short yardage game. Operating on short, underneath routes, he could be a relief valve for Washington’s future QB.
Round 7, Pick 17:
Tommy Doyle (OT)
Doyle is a project offensive lineman out of Miami of Ohio, where he played both left and right tackle. He’s massive - 6’8”, 326 lbs - with a high football IQ. He needs to work on his pass blocking to succeed in the NFL, however.
Round 7, Pick 19:
Chris Evans (RB)
Evans was brought to my attention by one of the posters at Hogs Haven. Evans has elite athleticism, but has had a bumpy ride at Michigan, where he suffered an academic suspension in 2019. Evans is a boom or bust prospect, with 3-down back ability and a willingness to pass protect.
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