The Washington Football Team got incredible value in Round 7 last year. The headliner was obviously Kamren Curl, who has already developed into one of the league’s better, more versatile strong safeties. But James Smith-Williams provided decent early returns as a rotational lineman and special teams player as well.
Seventh-round picks aren’t always locks to make the roster, and the fact that Washington got returns from both in 2020 is rather impressive. With three picks in this ensuing round, Washington has a chance to put up a repeat performance.
Kylen Granson is a smaller tight end, but he’s a very natural receiving threat with transpositional versatility. He can line up in-line, in the slot, and at full back, and he has a lot of blocking experience. He also tested very well for his 6-foot-2, 241-pound frame, logging a 4.64 40-yard dash, a 36.5-inch vertical, and a 120-inch broad jump.
Granson can be a nice TE2 compliment to Logan Thomas, and his density and leverage also gives him some run-after-catch potential. On top of his run-after-catch traits, Granson also has good body control and focus at the catch point, being a wide receiver convert. His size will cause him to go overlooked, but he’s a fine player with plenty of potential.
I’ve probably said this before, but I believe some Washington Football Team fans do overrate the need for a tackle. Cornelius Lucas played very well last year, and Morgan Moses also rebounded. Plus, Washington has Saahdiq Charles still in the wings, and just a year ago, everyone was hyping him up as the starter. That said, when there’s a high-upside tackle like Dan Moore Jr. just sitting here, it’s impossible to say no.
I liked what I saw from Moore at the Senior Bowl in January. He wasn’t dominant, but he showcased very impressive length and athletic upside. Those traits were validated at his recent pro day, when he logged a 5.21 40-yard dash, a 30.5-inch vertical, a 110-inch broad jump, and 29 bench reps with 34-inch arms. Moore has a very exciting combination of athleticism and length, and his traits provide lots of developmental promise here.
There isn’t much left on the board at this point, but another position the Washington Football Team can address is cornerback. You can never have too many cornerbacks in the passing-oriented NFL, and in Round 7, Louisville’s Marlon Character rolls with our general theme of high upside.
Character doesn’t have great length or long speed, having logged just a 4.56 40-yard dash at his pro day. However, the Louisville product is incredibly explosive and proactive as a playmaker. He put up a 39.5-inch vertical and a 127-inch broad jump at his pro day, and also registered 21 bench reps, an incredibly high number for a cornerback. Character projects well into zone concepts, and with his short-range burst, he could have some versatility rotating to safety and the slot.