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Way too early 2022 NFL Mock Draft Roundup: 8 different QBs are mocked to Washington next year!

Who is Washington picking in 2022?

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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 Washington's draft pick in 2022. The mock drafters do not think Washington will be successful next season, with a draft range from #8 - #23. Vegas has also set expectations below average with a starting line of 8 wins for Washington in 2021. Super Bowl odds are currently at 66/1.

This year’s team is in a lot better spot than it was following last year’s draft. Expectations were low from Vegas, and a lot of fans, as Ron Rivera took over a team coming off of a 3-13 season. A lot has changed since then, Washington got a new name and a new division title to hang on the mantle. The team is still looking for a franchise QB after cutting Dwayne Haskins Jr. last year, and parting ways with Alex Smith this year. But they have some Fitzmagic for a year, and have added a few weapons for him to play with this season.

Washington had a good draft that addressed a lot of their immediate and future needs. The big need that wasn’t addressed was obviously QB of the future. Ron Rivera said there was some temptation to move up to get a QB like Ohio State’s Justin Fields as he was falling out of the top 10, but they stuck to the plan and their board. They also didn’t spend a Day 2 pick on a QB, as they feel comfortable with the 3 QBs behind Ryan Fitzpatrick(Taylor Heinicke, Kyle Allen, and Steven Montez).

That decision plays heavily into this roundup of mock drafts for next year. These ridiculously early mocks always focus heavily on need, and QBs have been weighted heavily in these for a while. There will always be QBs that rise in throughout the year, and especially when it gets closer to draft time. Eight is definitely the most QBs I’ve ever seen mocked to Washington in one of these roundups, and there has been a need at QB here for a while.

Part of this is that Washington is building a solid roster and most of their major needs are filled. Another QB is the insatiable thirst that teams(and mock drafters) have with filling the franchise QB position. This need is not going to change next year unless Ryan Fitzpatrick is magic all season and signs a long-term deal, or the team makes a big move to acquire a veteran QB through a trade.

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

#8

CBS Sports(Wilson)

Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma

Rattler is undersized at 6-foot-1, but that’s less of an issue in today’s NFL. Either way, he can sling it — he completed 67 percent of his throws last season with 28 touchdowns and he’s only going to improve.

Draft Wire(Easterling)

Kedon Slovis, QB, USC

#9

NBC Sports(Morgan)

Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma

According to Pro Football Focus, Rattler finished third in its rating system (92.5) behind Zach Wilson and Mac Jones - two top 15 overall picks in the 2021 draft. Recently, the Washington FT competed with aging, past-their-prime veterans at quarterback. Possibly finding themselves drafting within the top ten, a talent like Rattler would be difficult for Washington to pass up.

NFL Mock Draft(Weiss)

Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina

We start a little bit of a run on quarterbacks here at No. 9 overall, where the Washington Football Team stands in our early 2022 mock draft. With this selection, the WFT adds UNC signal-caller Sam Howell, who could very well be the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft when all is said and done.

Washington has added some quality talent this offseason, but the combination of Ryan Fitzpatrick and Taylor Heinecke is not a long-term solution. Howell has a strong arm, does not make mistakes, and is as NFL-ready as they come in terms of the position group.

San Diego U-T(Brown)

Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

Ridder’s size (6-4, 215), accuracy and dual-threat capabilities make him an intriguing prospect. He’s already 30-5 as a starter and if he levels up, he could be in considered for the top overall pick. Top needs: QB, OL, CB

The Score(Belbeck)

Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

It won’t be a surprise to see Hamilton selected well before No. 9, but for now he finds a home in Washington. At 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds, the Notre Dame star is one of the nation’s most versatile defenders, and he should shine right away for Washington’s young, dominant unit.

#10

The Athletic(Brugler)

J.T. Daniels, QB, Georgia

Georgia’s inconsistencies last season can be tied to its issues at quarterback. But over the final few games with Daniels as the starter, the Bulldogs looked like a different team. If he continues to make positive strides, he could put himself in the top half of Round 1.

The Game Haus(DiTullio)

JT Daniels, QB, Georgia

Washington still needs to find a long-term answer at quarterback because the rest of their roster looks ready to rock.

Fox Sports(Young)

JT Daniels, QB, Georgia

Like Goff, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Taylor Heinicke are not long-term answers for the team. But Daniels could be.

Through the last quarter of the 2020 season, Daniels showed the ability to push the ball downfield and throw receivers open. Pair Daniels with Terry McLaurin, and let him go to work.

NBC Sports(Klassen)

Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

Ryan Fitzpatrick only has so many years left in him. None of the other options on Washington’s roster are realistic long-term starters, either. It’s got to be a quarterback. The 2022 QB class is seemingly weak, but Willis’ size, speed, and arm talent make him one of the best candidates to rise through the process. If Willis can clean up the accuracy a bit and shave a tick off some of his processing, he may well be the first or second QB off the board when it’s all said and done.

Sporting News(Iyer)

Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

Washington was fine passing on quarterback with Ryan Fitzpatrick as the bridge and it will be happy to know it will be better positioned for a rising first-round dual threat in 2022.

Draft Kings Nation(Sherwin)

Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss

Lane Kiffin’s disciple completes 70+% of his passes, and he can move a little as well. Maybe not the most elite prospect on the board, but there’s a chance he becomes a very solid-if-not-spectacular NFL signal caller.

The Draft Network(Sikkema)

Cade Mays, IOL, Tennessee

Washington had a great draft in 2021, bringing in players that should have a big impact on its team. Washington could go quarterback, as the long-term answer at that position likely isn’t on the roster, but it also needs to keep an eye on offensive line addition. Cade Mays might be the top overall offensive lineman in the draft when it’s all said and done. A former Georgia Bulldog, this 5-star recruit has 25 games as a starter already under his belt.

#11

Pro Football Network(Cummings)

Carson Strong, QB, Nevada

The Washington Football Team arguably has one of the top five rosters in the NFL. However, this pick projection makes it clear that one year of that roster’s shelf life was wasted on Fitz-tragic. It wasn’t all Washington’s fault; they didn’t have a great opportunity to take a QB in 2021. Nevertheless, they should look to fill the need for a franchise quarterback as quickly as possible, and Carson Strong might be the guy.

Strong flashed big-time traits with the Nevada Wolfpack last year. Across nine games, he completed 70.1% of his passes for 2,858 yards, 27 touchdowns, and just 4 interceptions. He’s predominantly a pocket passer, but he’s a good athlete nonetheless for his 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame. Additionally, his arm is incredibly explosive, and he has an easy, crisp throwing motion. The talent is all there, and on Washington’s roster, he could find success early.

Lines.com

Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

#12

Bleacher Report(Sobleski)

Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

The Washington Football Team features a playoff-caliber roster, except at quarterback. One position will hold back the franchise until it’s properly addressed.

Everyone loves a little Fitzmagic, but Ryan Fitzpatrick is better as a heater in a short-term situation. No one knows exactly what to expect from Taylor Heinicke after one impressive performance in the postseason.

Washington’s best bet is reinvesting in the quarterback position to make sure the rest of the roster doesn’t go to waste.

Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder has everything a franchise wants in a quarterback prospect. He’s an athletic 6’4”, 215-pound signal-caller who has helped elevate his program to the national consciousness. The reigning AAC Offensive Player of the Year completed 66.2 percent of his passes last season and amassed 2,888 yards from scrimmage in 10 games.

Pro Football Focus(Renner)

Jaxson Kirkland, OT, Washington

In three years as a starter, Kirkland has seen his pass-blocking grade go from 77.1 to 79.0 to 86.6. He allowed all of two pressures on 124 pass-blocking snaps in 2020.

NFL Mocks(Schmelzer)

Kedon Slovis, QB, USC

#13

Yardbarker(Trachtman)

Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Olave surprised some when he opted to return to school in 2021. He’s produced big numbers over the last two years, including 19 touchdowns, and has the speed to shoot up draft boards after the 2021 season.

Barstool Sports(Cheah)

George Pickens, WR, Georgia

He’s 6’3” 201 lbs. but he plays even bigger. Pickens would look good opposite Terry McLaurin.

Tankathon

Kedon Slovis, QB, USC

NJ.com(Giglio)

Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

#15

ESPN(McShay)

Willis transferred to Liberty from Auburn and threw 20 touchdowns to six interceptions in 2020 after sitting out the 2019 season. He adds a dual-threat factor, too, considering he rushed for 944 yards and 14 more scores on the ground last season. Washington opted not to draft a quarterback, but current starter Ryan Fitzpatrick is turning 39 during this coming season. If the team wants to continue to be a playoff contender out of the NFC East, it needs a franchise starter.

NBC Sports(Frank)

JT Daniels, QB, Georgia

Still hard to believe Washington took Dwayne Haskins with the 15th pick just three years ago. He won just 3 of 13 starts in a Washington uniform and is now a backup in Pittsburgh. It’s time for Washington to try again, and Daniels, a USC transfer, has good size at 6-3, 210 pounds and is one of the most accurate QBs in the country – 69 percent completion percentage the last two years.

#19

Fox Sports(McIntyre)

Carson Strong, QB, Nevada

Yes, I believe Ryan Fitzpatrick and Taylor Heinicke will fall short of the playoffs. Strong was the Mountain West POY in 2020; he’s a sneaky candidate to make a quantum leap as a pro prospect in 2021.

#20

Sportsnaut

Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

Another quarterback? Well, it’s fun at this early stage to at least get some names on the radar at the most important position on the field, and Malik Willis is definitely a sleeper worthy of attention. He transferred from Auburn and sat out for 2019, but showed improved polish as a passer last year in addition to running for 944 yards and 14 scores. He also notched a quality win against Coastal Carolina in the FBC Mortage Cure Bowl. Just saying, keep an eye on Willis.

Walter Football(Campbell)

Jalen Green, CB, Texas

Washington could use more young talent at corner.

In 2020, Green recorded 14 tackles, two passes broken up and an interception. He showed some impressive coverage ability and size during 2019, his first season as a starter. The 6-foot-1, 197-pounder recorded 30 tackles and five passes broken up that year. If Green continues to develop over 2021, he could be an early-round prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft.

#23

Walter Football

Evan Neal, G/OT, Alabama

Brandon Scherff is an impending free agent. The Redskins could use this pick to replace him, and they’re no strangers to drafting Alabama players.

Evan Neal is a 360-pound lineman who can move very well, which almost seems impossible.

Poll

Which position will Washington be picking in the 1st round in 2022?

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    QB
    (1262 votes)
  • 14%
    OL
    (239 votes)
  • 1%
    WR
    (18 votes)
  • 4%
    S
    (83 votes)
  • 2%
    CB
    (39 votes)
  • 3%
    Other
    (63 votes)
1704 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Where will Washington be picking in the 2022 NFL Draft?

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  • 7%
    Top 10
    (95 votes)
  • 41%
    11-20
    (558 votes)
  • 45%
    21-30
    (617 votes)
  • 6%
    Super Bowl!
    (83 votes)
1353 votes total Vote Now