The Washington Football Team obviously set out to make major improvements on the offensive side of the football in the 2021 offseason. Not only did they bring in veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, but they added to the wide receiver room through free agency with one of Ron Rivera’s old Carolina Panthers pals Curtis Samuel, who was also a teammate of Terry McLaurin’s at Ohio State.
Washington also brought in Charles Leno Jr. to start at the left tackle position and Samuel Cosmi in the second round of the NFL Draft who could wind up being a rookie starter at right tackle next to franchise player Brandon Scherff.
After adding Dyami Brown in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Washington Football Team may have added one of the top late-round steals in the entire class in former BYU receiver Dax Milne.
Just as though he were the less famous younger brother, Milne has been in the shadow of superstar quarterback Zach Wilson over the course of the past year as Wilson ascended to the second pick in the entire draft.
Someone had to catch all of those Mahomes-like throws from Wilson.
That someone was more often than not Dax Milne.
Milne went from no stars coming out of high school to preferred walk-on at BYU to an NFL Draft pick, and he did it with really only one season of big-time production.
After catching just 31 passes in his first two seasons for the Cougars, Milne exploded along with Zach Wilson this past season to the tune of 70 receptions for 1,188 yards (17 yards per reception) and eight touchdowns.
He was not just benefitting from some amazing work done by Wilson, either. Milne made some catches that were absolutely ridiculous all throughout the 2020 season.
Milne’s highlight reel receptions weren’t enough to get him picked before the seventh round. He’s a smaller receiver at 6-feet, 193 pounds. He doesn’t have elite long speed or explosiveness to compensate for that lack of size but he is quick, runs good routes, has strong hands, and can track the ball down the field with anyone in this class.
The Washington Football Team is pretty loaded with intriguing former late-round players at the wide receiver position. It might take Milne having an other-worldly training camp and preseason in order to crack this roster, but he will undoubtedly land on his feet with some NFL team and I think he’s going to carve out a long career for himself.