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WFT draft picks 2021: When does Washington pick next? Full list of NFL Draft selections



WFT draft picks 2021: When does Washington pick next? Full list of NFL Draft selections

The team with no name is entering an era that will define it.

The Football Team by way of Washington turned things around quick under first-year coach Ron Rivera in 2020, winning the NFC East for the first time since 2015, and proving that they may be a bit closer to competing for a title than many thought.

While the Team finished at 7-9, Washington navigated serious quarterback issues throughout the season, leading to the release of former first-round pick Dwayne Haskins. Now, with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm, the Team is out to prove that the 2020 season was no fluke. 

With eight picks in the 2021 NFL Draft — including four in the top 100 — Washington is ushering in a new competitive era of football that could make them the team to beat heading into 2021.

Here is a complete list of Washington Football Team draft picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, updated as selections are made.

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WFT draft picks 2021: When does Washington pick?

  • Round 1, Pick No. 19: Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
  • Round 2, Pick No. 51
  • Round 3, Pick No. 74
  • Round 3, Pick No. 82
  • Round 4, Pick No. 124
  • Round 5, Pick No. 163
  • Round 7, Pick No. 244
  • Round 7, Pick No. 246

Washington Football Team 2021 draft order

Round Pick
1 19
2 19
3 10 (from 49ers)
3 19
4 19
5 19
7 17 (from Raiders)
7 19

WFT NFL Draft needs

  • Quarterback: Ryan Fitzpatrick, no matter how many times he goes through the Fitzpatrick Cycle, is not the long-term answer at quarterback for any team at this stage in his career. With five first-round QB prospects this year, it’s hard to see a team where the WFT doesn’t check in on at least one of them.
  • Left tackle: After Trent Williams trade to the 49ers last year, the Niners need to find a way to shore up the left side of the line. With a few veritible first-round talents potentially available with their first-round pick, expect Washington to find a way to address the line with their first pick.
  • Running back: Antonio Gibson had a heck of a rookie year for Washington last year, with 795 yards over 14 games. They released running back Bryce Love, a 2019 fourth-round pick, mid-April. Washington doesn’t have immediate pressing issues, with a very good pass rush and secondary, making a backfield pick something of a luxury.

Washington Football Team mock draft 2021

Here are the latest 2021 NFL Draft projections for the Washington Football Team, according to Vinnie Iyer’s seven-round mock draft.

Round Pick No. Player Position School
1 19 Christian Darrisaw OT Virginia Tech
2 51 Kyle Trask QB Florida
3 74 (from SF) Chazz Surratt LB UNC
3 82 Andre Cisco S Syracuse
4 124 Tre’ McKitty TE Georgia
5 163 Cade Johnson WR South Dakota State
7 244 (from LV) Bryan Mills CB North Carolina Central
7 256 Thomas Fletcher LS Alabama

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Raiders declined trade-down offer in NFL Draft to avoid losing Alex Leatherwood



Raiders declined trade-down offer in NFL Draft to avoid losing Alex Leatherwood

No team has been more criticized for its 2021 NFL Draft haul than the Raiders. And none of the Raiders’ picks was more scrutinized than their top overall pick: Alabama offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood at No. 17 overall.

Most mock drafts, including Sporting News’, considered Leatherwood a Day 2 selection. That Raiders GM Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden took him in the first round was considered a massive reach, especially when most assumed that he would be available in the second. That they took him over several, more highly rated offensive tackles — SN rated six available tackles higher, including four with first-round grades — only added to the controversy of the pick.

But Mayock has defended the choice, saying he, Gruden, offensive line coach Tom Cable and Raiders scouts all highly valued Leatherwood. Las Vegas was so enamored with the big-name tackle that it even declined an offer to trade down in the 2021 NFL Draft for risk of losing him.

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“Just when we got on the clock a team did call us and inquired about moving up, but they gave us a very poor trade offer and it was a team that needed a tackle,” Mayock said (via ESPN). “So the combination of the poor offer and their need kind of pushed us away from that.

“There’s a risk/reward scenario and, in this case, we didn’t feel that it was worth it.”

Ultimately, the Vikings were the only other team to draft a tackle in the first round, selecting Virginia Tech tackle Christian Darrisaw with the 23rd overall pick. Only two more offensive tackles went in Round 2 before the Raiders drafted again at 43: Oklahoma State’s Teven Jenkens to Chicago, at 39, and Notre Dame’s Liam Eichenberg to Miami, at 42.

This isn’t the first time Mayock’s draft choices have been scrutinized. His previous drafts have included an inordinate number of players from big-name schools, especially in the early rounds. Those include Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell, Alabama’s Josh Jacobs and Henry Ruggs III, Ohio State’s Damon Arnette and more.

That said, It’s a virtual certainty that NFL teams’ draft boards aren’t the same as outlets’ mock drafts. And if the Raiders saw something they liked in Leatherwood — enough to warrant their first-round pick — then that’s their prerogative.

Only time will tell whether he was worth the high selection.

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Aaron Rodgers’ attempt to throw insults at Packers GM Brian Gutekunst is mostly bull



Packers-Aaron Rodgers divide grows, and 2021 NFL Draft won't narrow it

Of the 13 seasons Aaron Rodgers has spent as a starting quarterback in the NFL, nine ended in the Pro Bowl and three with him named the league’s Most Valuable Player. He’s so good that you could call him the “Michael Jordan of quarterbacks,” if you wished, and not be far off in your assessment.

Not far at all, it turns out.

Bob McGinn, a veteran journalist who has covered the Packers for four decades, reported in The Athletic that Rodgers’ relationship with general manager Brian Gutekunst has become so fractured that Rodgers referred to the GM as “Jerry Krause” in group chats with his teammates.

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Rodgers is angry with Gutekunst about several personnel moves over the past few seasons, enough so that McGinn’s reporting confirmed the player’s intent not to return to the Packers as long as Gutekunst remains in charge of personnel.

Among Rodgers’ gripes is the obvious: the decision to trade for an earlier selection in the 2020 NFL Draft that was used to select a quarterback who presumably will be the successor at that position. Rodgers was embarrassed by the team’s decision to cut receiver Jake Kumerow — the day after Rodgers had said during a show he hosts on Sirius XM Radio that he thought Kumerow was a valuable member of the team.

If it seems petty for Rodgers to be so aggravated by his organization over a receiver who has caught 21 passes — combined — in three NFL seasons, well, that’s where the Jordan/Rodgers comparison truly coalesces.

Jordan spent much of his later years with the Bulls degrading himself with public insults aimed at Krause’s weight and stature, even though Krause, at the time, was earning a position in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame with his shrewd drafting, trading, hiring and management of the Bulls’ rosters that won six NBA championships in the 1990s.

Jordan was the centerpiece of those teams, and he was drafted before Krause was hired as Bulls GM, but every other essential member of the teams that won from 1991 to 1993 and from 1996 to 1998 was added by Krause, including Hall of Famers Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and head coach Phil Jackson.

Gutekunst has done little to warrant the comparison to Krause.

He has been GM since 2018, and the Packers delivered 13-3 records in his second and third seasons but fell short of the Super Bowl each time. Their defenses allowed an average of 34 points in the 2019 and 2020 NFC Championship games.

Rodgers almost certainly drew his inspiration for the use of Krause as a front-office insult from “The Last Dance,” the ESPN documentary that chose to portray him as a villain despite that he’d built the championship team whose impending dissolution Jordan was lamenting. Rodgers should study basketball history better; there surely are GMs who would serve as a fitting standard of ineptitude.

Krause is not the guy. He won six championship rings in his position as Bulls GM.

Rodgers still has just the one, earned 11 seasons ago.

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Yankees fans break out trash cans, taunts in first chance to jeer Astros



Yankees fans break out trash cans, taunts in first chance to jeer Astros

Yankees fans waited a year-and-a-half for their opportunity to jeer the Astros for their tainted 2017 World Series title, and they took full advantage of it on Tuesday when Houston visited Yankee Stadium.

The Astros, the object of extreme vitriol by both fans and players, faced taunts, jeers, heckling and signage from New York fans, all the way from batting practice through the end of the 7-3 Yankees win. It was especially cathartic for Yankees fans, whose team fell in seven games to the Astros in the 2017 ALCS. It was the teams’ first meeting since Houston’s cheating scandal surfaced in November 2019.

That Houston retains only five players from the scandalous 2017 World Series-winning team on its active roster was of no matter to Yankees fans. Two players who were on that team — Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa — faced heckling as early as batting practice.

MORE: Astros cheating scandal timeline

Altuve may have gotten the loudest boos of the night when he stepped up to the plate to open the game.

Other jeers included “You’re a racist” — aimed at Yuli Gurriel for his racist gesture in the 2017 World series — and “We don’t know you,” aimed at Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker, who didn’t join the team until 2020.

There were plenty of creative signs and props in the stadium as well, a good portion of them related to trash cans (which Houston used in its setup to steal signs from opposing teams).

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