It’s draft day! A chance for Washington to add some talent to help them repeat as division champions. With that in mind for this On the Clock Mock Draft scenario I decided to see what Washington could do if they got really aggressive. I decided to explore a trade into the top 10 ideally landing one of the top two tackles or Kyle Pitts. I later followed up a trade back in the 3rd and then a trade-up from the 4th to land another late 3rd round pick to fill some needs.
As always you can follow along with the Mock Draft here!
8: R1 P8 TE Kyle Pitts - Florida
-So when I made the move up Sewell was already off the board, but Pitts and Slater were still there. As were some top WR, CB and LB options. It was a tough decision choosing between Pitts and Slater. Slater for me fills a bigger need, a more valuable position and is a pretty safe pick. Adding Kyle Pitts was simply too good to pass up.
Logan Thomas played well last season, but Pitts is just on a different level and would give Washington a 2nd elite weapon to go along with Terry McLaurin. It was an expensive move up for the Florida playmaker, but an elite talent is worth it.
80: R3 P16 LB Nick Bolton - Missouri
-This is a deep linebacker draft so it won’t be surprising to see someone slide. In this case it’s Missouri’s Nick Bolton who fills Washington’s big need for a middle linebacker. Bolton is a bit undersized, and not an elite athlete but he makes up for it in other ways. He has excellent instincts and shows good feel for coverage. Bolton is a natural leader and could step in as the defense’s field general.
87: R3 P23 OT Spencer Brown - Northern Iowa
-Brown is a long athletic offensive tackle prospect, who has left tackle upside. He probably won’t start as a rookie, but his upside is pretty high. He missed this last season due to Northern Iowa not playing due to Covid. That shouldn’t hurt his stock too much as his upside makes him well worth the investment.
124: R4 P19 S Caden Sterns - Texas
-Sterns is a highly athletic safety prospect from Texas. While it is unclear if he can be a starting free safety in the NFL, he is an intriguing guy to develop. He can run with most tight ends and has the range to cover deep. His instincts are still a work in progress, but his athleticism is enticing.
246: R7 P18 WR Dax Milne - BYU
-Milne was Zach Wilson’s top option this season, and though he doesn’t have a high ceiling he does have a solid floor. As a late round option, he gives Washington some depth and versatility. He won’t be a downfield threat, but he is a strong chain mover.
258: R7 P30 CB Brandin Echols - Kentucky
-Quick corner with some natural coverage ability. He will start at the bottom of the roster, but he can contribute on special teams and could eventually push his way into a 3rd or 4th corner role.
So what do you think? Is Kyle Pitts worth the trade-up here? What is your best On the Clock simulation, and how would you prioritize landing a talent like Pitts/Sewell/Slater?