The Washington Football Team is still searching for their quarterback of the future. However, finding one in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft won’t be easy.
As it stands, five quarterbacks are expected to go in the first round and all five of them have a chance to go in the top 10. With Washington picking at 19, there’s no guarantee that they will be able to land one of those top passers.
They are rumored to be interested in trading up for a quarterback if the right opportunity presents itself. However, for now, it seems more likely that the team will have to wait on a quarterback and take a chance on a non-first-round prospect.
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If Washington does choose to do that, there is a player that they are rumored to be interested in.
Why the Washington Football Team could consider Stanford’s Davis Mills
According to Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network, the Washington Football Team is a fan of Stanford’s Davis Mills as a potential second-round option.
"“Washington fans should remember the name Davis Mills from Stanford. They have liked him all through the process. He is a big thrower, a guy that didn’t play all that well this year, didn’t live up to scout’s expectations. Coming into the season, scouts told me that if Davis Mills was able to play the way he was capable, they thought he would be a top-20 pick.“Stanford was not a very good team this year, but Mills has the arm for the next level; he is an athletic guy, a little slow at pulling the trigger. However, I know that Washington likes him, and he will not be there in the third round, so if they do not move up to get a QB early in the draft, I could see them making a move for Mills in the second round.”"
Mills certainly has potential. As Pauline mentioned, he has a huge arm. When he was recruited to Stanford, Mills was the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the country, so that shows off his upside as well. Perhaps the Stanford offense just didn’t quite suit him. Or maybe his inability to stay on the field — he played in just 14 total games over three years with the team — hampered his ability to develop.
Whatever the reason, grabbing Mills in Round 2 would be a solid move for Washington. That would allow them to go with the best player available at the 19th pick and potentially bolster their linebacker corps or offensive line depth.
Then, they could get their potential quarterback of the future on Day 2 and give Mills a chance to develop behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. He would battle for the backup job with Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke, so that could help to spark him as he looks to make an impact at the next level.
Choosing a quarterback is always risky, especially when it’s one as inexperienced as Mills. He has the tools though, so if Ron Rivera, Scott Turner, and Ken Zampese believe that they can get the most out of him, the team could pull the trigger on him.
Maybe Washington will take a chance on another non-first-round quarterback prospect, but don’t sleep on Mills going earlier than some initially anticipated.