This is a big leap for the Washington Football Team, but it’s worth it, and the Buccaneers are one of the most feasible suitors at the end of the first round. They don’t have a lot of needs, and after Lavonte David re-signed with them, they don’t need a linebacker. Washington, meanwhile, does.
In this scenario, the Washington Football Team gave up the 51st overall pick, the 2022 second-rounder acquired from the Ravens, and a 2022 fifth-rounder, to trade back into the first round and select Zaven Collins. The price is steep, to reflect the 19-pick gap that Washington had to jump. But if they’re going to aggressively fill their remaining needs, this is a move worth making.
For my money, Collins is a contender for LB1 in the NFL Draft. He’s 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, and yet he excels in coverage with solid athleticism, instincts, and quick processing skills. He’s a tackling machine in the box, and but he’s also versatile enough to rush the passer, and mirror tight ends up the middle.
Collins isn’t quite as athletic as Luke Kuechly, but he has the physical traits and smarts to potentially fill a similar role in Ron Rivera’s defense, if he can develop to his maximum potential. And behind the Washington Football Team’s defensive front, he could thrive early.
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