Using Fanspeak’s Premium On the Clock I wanted to take a look at what Washington could do in the draft if they stay put at 19. In this simulation I prioritized some top needs, but mainly was focused on getting the best value/team need balance. I only made one trade moving back in the 2nd picking up a late 3rd for my trouble.
As always the goal of this simulation is too look at plausible options and ways that Washington can leverage the draft if things break their way. You can follow along with the simulation here!
19: LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah - Notre Dame
-Owusu-Kormoah is a 1st team All-American, ACC Defensive player of the year and Butkus Award winner, after he anchored Notre Dame’s defense this past year. He’s been a two-year starter for the Fighting Irish and displays elite athletic ability and the versatility needed to help in any area at linebacker. He’s so athletically gifted that he can run with linebackers and running backs in coverage, while being a devastating blitzer as well. If he slides to 19 he would be a fantastic selection for Washington, giving Ron Rivera the big play linebacker they missed last year.
63: OT Liam Eichenberg - Notre Dame
-One of the biggest needs for Washington heading into the draft has to be left tackle. Currently the spot is projected to be a camp battle between Geron Christian, David Sharpe and Cornelius Lucas. None of whom inspire a lot of confidence to protect the quarterback’s blindside. Enter Eichenberg, who has made 38 starts at LT over the past three seasons and should be an immediate day 1 starter.
Eichenberg is a high floor/solid ceiling prospect, who should be selected somewhere in the 2nd round. He is an excellent run blocker, who can handle himself well in pass protection as well. He won’t make people forget about Trent Williams, but he has the potential to be a good starter who can bolster the offense.
74: TE Pat Freiermuth - Penn State
-Logan Thomas was a nice surprise for Washington last season, but the position is still in desperate need of help. Thomas is a good receiving tight end, but doesn’t offer much as a blocker. Freiermuth can be a nice complement to Thomas as he has the size and strength to become a good NFL blocking TE. Freiermuth also is a solid receiving TE and could eventually become the number one TE on the team.
82: WR Nico Collins - Michigan
-Collins could easily go a full round earlier in the mid-2nd round, but a deep wide receiver class could push him down. Collins opted out of this past season, but he showed at the Senior Bowl that he can dominate at a high level. Collins has excellent size and jumping ability and would be a nice fit with McLaurin and Samuel’s skill set. Collins also is pretty NFL ready so he should contribute as a rookie.
94: CB Kary Vincent Jr. - LSU
-Vincent is another opt out player who might be going under the radar. When he was last on the field Vincent was a central member of the Tigers National Championship defense. Vincent is an elite athlete who also ran track at LSU. His athletic ability is definitely his best trait as his corner instincts will need some help. The good news is that with Fuller, Jackson and Moreland, Washington can be patient with Vincent and let him develop at his own pace. Even in spot duty and special teams work, Vincent can add value to the team as a rookie.
124: EDGE Rashad Weaver - Pittsburgh
-Given Young and Sweat, the edge position might seem pretty well set, but depth here is a concern. Ryan Kerrigan played 35% of the defensive snaps and was 3rd on the team in sacks, while adding a number of pressures. Ryan Anderson has also moved on leaving this position pretty thin behind the elite starters. Weaver isn’t an elite athlete, but he has consistently produced in 2018 and 2020. He plays the run well and can add some pressure as a reserve.
163: G Jack Anderson - Texas Tech
-Depth at guard is another area of concern for Washington. Scherff is a star and Schweitzer played solid down the stretch, but beyond them there is a lot of uncertainty. Saahdiq Charles is expected to move to guard fulltime this season, but it’s unclear what they have in him at this time. Anderson is an intriguing day 3 pick who should make the team as a versatile back-up.
244: S Trill Williams - Syracuse
-Washington could look to add a safety at some point in this draft, though the class is weaker than you’d like. Williams is a solid day 3 prospect with decent athletic ability and instincts.
246: RB Trey Ragas - Louisiana
-Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic are clearly the top two backs on this team, but after them there isn’t much to get excited about. Ragas is a highly productive between the tackles runner, who can help get tough yards and TDs. He might not be able to win this role as a rookie, but a strong camp could put him in position to be the short yardage back for Washington.
So what do you think, would you be happy with this type of return? Post your mocks below with what you think Washington should do.