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It’s a sure bet that Heisman trophy winner Devante Smith and LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase will be off the board when Washington’s pick in the first comes around, but crazier things have happened. The more likely receivers to drop, could fill an immediate need at the slot for Washington. There will be plenty of time this offseason to put each of these receivers under the microscope, but with pro-days and the combine on the horizon, we’ll see plenty of WR prospects drop based on medical red flags.

The Quarterbacks

Washington’s need for a franchise signal caller has been a storyline for this franchise for decades. Although restricted free agent quarterback, Taylor Heinicke, played brilliantly nearly upsetting quarterback Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. Heinicke was the 4th quarterback to take the field for Washington in 2020, ironically is also the same number on his jersey.

Unfortunately, the 2020 Draft top prospect, Trevor Lawrence, will be long gone by Washington’s pick, with Zach Wilson and Trey Lance likely to follow within the top 15 selections. The noticeable snub of OSU’s Justin Fields can’t be ignored. The team that selects him will have to tailor a system, considering the limited read system run at OSU. This isn’t a knock on his talent level, but a 1-2 year developmental project isn’t something Rivera will have the luxury of doing with a team that now has heightened expectations, after winning the NFC East. There’s no doubt Rivera will select a quarterback, at some point, in this years draft, but there’ll be plenty of time to go through those prospects prior to April.

Left Tackle

Left tackle has been an issue since the Trent Williams debacle. Although this year’s draft boasts blue chip and likely top 5 pick Oregon LT Penei Sewell, after that, the drop in talent is significant. VA Tech’s Christian Darrisaw and Clemson’s Jackson Carman are two lineman that will be surely be on Washington’s radar, but might need time before they’re ready to take over as an NFL blindside protector.

The Tight Ends

Tight End Logan Thomas surpassed expectations. Adding another field stretching tight end could help the run game, in addition to adding a dimension that Washington has never had in their passing game. Florida’s blue chip, tight end Kyle Pitts leads the class at his position and is a prospect The Burgundy and Gold Report have as one of the draft’s premier offensive weapons. There’ll be plenty of time to put the Gator tight end under a microscope later though. After Pitts, Miami’s Bevin Jordan and PSU’s Pat Freiermuth should also be in play in the 2nd round and could be valuable additions to Rivera’s offense.

The Defense

Many believe Washington’s early round focus should be on the offensive side of the ball, after investing 1st round picks in four straight drafts. A glaring need is at the MIKE Linebacker with the position being a revolving door since the retirement of London Fletcher. Penn State’s Micah Parson is the premier linebacker of the class and is likely off the board within the top 10. Two names that have picked up steam are MIZZ linebacker Nick Bolton and Tulsa’s Zaven Collins. Both linebackers fill a big need for the WFT and could be in play at #19.

We know that the playoffs are in full swing and not everyone is ready for draft coverage, but for those who are. . .

Don’t be left behind and stick with The Burgundy and Gold Report as we continue to go through early round prospects come February.

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