Washington Football Team pre-2021 NFL Draft Reality Checks

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LANDOVER, MARYLAND – SEPTEMBER 13: The helmet of Keith Ismael #60 of the Washington Football Team is shown before their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField on September 13, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

There is an endless supply of Washington Football Team mocks available this time of year, and even more “experts” out there breaking down “film” and ranking prospects.

For Washington Football Team fans, the opportunities seem endless. Trade up, trade down, get lucky and have a top five prospect fall to you at No. 19, draft a left tackle, draft a middle linebacker, draft an offensive weapon. Everybody has an airtight theory. Everybody has a can’t-miss strategy. But The Reality Is, even the best talent evaluators have a 30-40% hit rate on their draft selections.

For every Peyton Manning and Patrick Mahomes, there’s a Jamarcus Russell and Josh Rosen. For every Jerry Rice and Julio Jones, there’s a John Ross and a Josh Doctson. For every Ed Reed and Sean Taylor, there’s a Heath Shuler and a Su’a Cravens. For every Chase Young and J.J. Watt, there’s a Robert Gallery and a Dion Jordan.

That’s why the smart play is to trade down, stockpile assets, and increase the overall “bites at the apple” until the roster is built. The Washington Football Team is at least one more offseason from being a true contender, so reaching and over-spending for one particular prospect is not the correct play in next week’s draft. They should look to compile assets and load up for the inevitable push to “get over the hump” in 2022.

Here’s what to expect from the Washington Football Team in the draft.

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