2021 NFL Draft: Washington Football Team 7-round mock draft

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Mac Jones, 2021 NFL Draft
2021 NFL Draft prospect Mac Jones #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

The Washington Football Team may have limped into the playoffs at 7-9 but they showed a ton of promise this season. Washington had a real chance to advance in the Wild Card Round, giving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a fight in a game where they started Taylor Heinicke at quarterback. Say what you want about the Washington Football Team but they showed some real promise this season.

Now, they need to look ahead and try to take the next step forward this offseason. Washington does have some cap space to work with this offseason but a majority of their improvements should come through the 2021 NFL Draft if possible. What can the Washington Football Team do to improve through the 2021 NFL Draft? Let’s find out in this complete seven-round mock draft for the team.

Note: This mock draft was completed using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine.

2021 NFL Draft: Round 1, 19th overall

QB. 1. Pick Analysis. Alabama. Mac Jones. player. 829. Scouting Report

Mac Jones would be considered a reach for many with this pick, and I would not necessarily disagree. That being said, Washington has a desperate need at the quarterback position and could easily be looking at Jones as their solution.

This Washington team is built around a strong defensive unit. They have arguably the best young defensive line in the entire NFL and have coupled that strength with an interesting young secondary. With their defense expected to be a major strength for many years, the Washington Football Team could get by with a solid game manager at the quarterback position. With this in mind, Mac Jones could be a strong fit.

Jones is an extremely smart and accurate quarterback prospect who consistently makes great decisions. Jones also shows good accuracy to all levels of the field and while his arm strength is not great, he has shown the ability to push the ball down the field.

The biggest issue in Jones’ game is his lack of mobility. He is a traditional pocket passer who does not improvise particularly well. There is simply more margin of error for mobile quarterbacks and young traditional pocket passers have struggled to make a consistent impact in recent years.

Is Jones good enough to win with a great support cast? Does the Washington Football Team have enough to support a limited quarterback like Jones? That all remains to be seen but I could certainly see Washington talking themselves into Jones when they go on the clock in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.