We’re two weeks away from the 2021 NFL Draft and the rumor mill is really starting to heat up.
That’s especially true about the quarterback position. In a class with five (seemingly) sure-fire first-round quarterbacks, there is little certainty of where each will go. Trevor Lawrence is almost certainly going to be the No. 1 overall pick while Zach Wilson will likely be the second selection.
But after that? It’s anyone’s guess. The 49ers will take a quarterback at No. 3, but it could be any of Justin Fields, Mac Jones, or Trey Lance. And after that, there is little to no clarity about where the top passers will go.
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Per usual, the demand outweighs the supply, so it’s just a matter of whether or not teams like the Broncos, Patriots, Bears, and Washington Football Team are willing to move up and get their guys. Or if one quarterback could end up slipping further than expected.
Charley Casserly mock draft includes Washington Football Team trading up
NFL.com’s Charley Casserly has both scenarios happening. Notably, he has the Washington Football Team as the one to move up to grab their quarterback of the future. However, it’s not a massive move — they’re simply jumping from 19 to 14 to leapfrog the Patriots to get Trey Lance.
Here’s what Casserly wrote about Lance’s fit in Washington.
"Washington trades up to get its quarterback of the future. With Ryan Fitzpatrick already in place, Lance could be used in Year 1 in packages that take advantage of his running ability."
That definitely is a sensible way to ease Lance into action. He is a raw, one-year starter from an FCS program that has played just one game since the 2019 season ended. While he has sky-high upside, he’ll need time to develop. Trading up to get him in the top 10 would be a risk, but jumping up five spots to get a chance to draft him? That would be a fine move.
However, if Washington wanted to, they could’ve stayed put and grabbed one of the top five quarterbacks. Incredibly, Casserly has Fields falling all the way to the Steelers’ selection at 24 in his mock.
Considering that Fields well could be the No. 3 pick in this draft, that seems too low for him. But we’ve seen quarterbacks slip in deep classes before, most notably Lamar Jackson when he fell all the way to the end of the first round in 2018. So, maybe Casserly knows something that we don’t know about Fields.
Still, seeing him fall that far seems unlikely.
The main takeaway from Casserly’s mock is that Washington appears to be looking for a quarterback upgrade and may be willing to move up in the draft to get one. They have been connected to Trey Lance recently, so maybe that’s the guy they like the most.
All quarterbacks will bear watching during the draft because they could shake up the first round quite a bit this year. And no matter what, the status of each passer will impact who the Washington Football Team is picking… and perhaps when.