No. 4 – TCU FS Trevon Moehrig
It hasn’t been advertised as much, likely because of the relative dearth of available options at the position, but free safety is a fairly big need for the Washington Football Team in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Veteran and special teams ace Deshazor Everett played well at times last year, and Jeremy Reaves has some utility as a backup, but the team still needs a dynamic free safety who can improve the quality of play on the back end. Round 1 might not be the best spot to find that, but if any free safety is going to be the pick at No. 19, it should be Trevon Moehrig.
Personally, I think Moehrig would be a better add if the Washington Football Team traded back into the 20-30 range, and then selected him. However, No. 19 isn’t a massive reach for his talents. Moehrig is an aggressive, dynamic safety who has the proactive traits necessary to fill Washington’s need at the position. Here’s more on Moehrig, from my profile of him at Pro Football Network.
"Trevon Moehrig is a playmaker. That much is clear right away when watching his tape. Moehrig, often used in two-safety looks, has impressive speed and acceleration for his size. He can close gaps with tremendous quickness, and at the catch point, he has the length to extend and disrupt the catch process. His 4.52 40-yard dash and 33-inch slightly subverted expectations for his athletic testing, but he’s still a very good athlete. Moehrig’s range is translatable to both run and pass defense. As a pass defender, his range enables him to hone in on intermediate and deep routes. As a run defender, the TCU safety’s range allows him to come downhill with ample momentum. From there, he can use his 202-pound frame to deliver some jarring hits. While he still has room to add to his physique and play strength, Moehrig isn’t lacking in toughness, and he’s incredibly aggressive by default."
Moehrig would be an interesting selection at No. 19, but he’d undoubtedly give the Washington Football Team the playmaker they lack at free safety, and he’d help free up the secondary. Two-high safety looks with Moehrig and Kamren Curl would be very effective, but Moehrig also has the range and length to rotate into single-high while Curl looms in the box.
Playing behind Washington’s stalwart defensive line, and playing with a secondary that includes Curl, Kendall Fuller, William Jackson III, and Jimmy Moreland, Moehrig would have a chance to hit the ground running in D.C.