Let me say right up front that I think the Washington Football Team had a very good draft.
I think the first five players they selected are virtual locks to not only make the team, but be solid contributors in year one. And several of the later-round selections should have a positive impact on special teams and as depth players.
Still, there are always a few little things that could have gone differently. Here are three players I wish they had taken.
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1. OL Trey Smith
I understand why they felt the need to select long-snapper Camaron Cheeseman at the end of the sixth round. Still, did they really need to do it? Trey Smith, a powerful guard from Tennessee went with the next pick to Kansas City.
With 10 picks, the Washington Football Team selected just one offensive lineman. Samuel Cosmi will be very good. But adding another interior lineman with a big upside would have made a lot of sense late in the draft.
I wonder if they would have gone in a different direction had Carolina not grabbed the other premiere long snapper, Thomas Fletcher, shortly before Washington’s pick.
2. RB Kylin Hill
Early in Round 7, Washington chose William Bradley-King and a little bit later, they picked Shaka Toney. Both are edge players, though Toney may have the mobility to play some linebacker as well. I have written that I am a fan of the doubling-up strategy in later rounds, and I won’t really complain too much about this decision. But there is obviously a price to pay.
Washington did not select any running backs in the draft and they remain very thin at the position. Mississippi State’s Kylin Hill was sitting there, waiting to be taken with either of those picks.
Hill could do everything Peyton Barber did for Washington in 2020, only better. He is a tough all-around back who would have provided good relief for both Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic.
3. OL David Moore
Finally, I think Dax Milne has a chance to be a very productive receiver. The Washington Football Team got him with the second-to-last pick in the draft. So you have to assume he probably would have been available as an undrafted free agent.
Of course, there would be no guarantee that Washington could have signed him at that point, but nonetheless, there is a player that may have been better on the board.
We know for sure that they did not sign Grambling’s David Moore, a bulldog of an interior lineman who could have been a quality run blocker from day one. Concerns about his ability to pass protect are what kept him from being drafted, and Carolina scooped him as an UDFA as soon as the draft ended.
Either Trey Smith or David Moore should have been wearing some Burgundy and Gold swag come Sunday.
It’s entirely possible that none of the players I wanted will have noticeable pro careers and that the ones I might have passed on will stick around for a decade. That’s the beauty of the draft. Washington is a team on the rise and this year’s draft should be another step on that climb.
But it’s just human nature to lament a few that got away.