No. 2 – Linebacker
The Washington Football Team might have the most realistic positional options in Round 1 at linebacker. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Zaven Collins, and Jamin Davis have all been discussed as legitimate options based on valuation, and Micah Parsons also enters the conversation if he falls due to character concerns.
After Round 1, however, there are many more linebacker prospects to consider — so many, in fact, that it does throw into question the value of taking a linebacker in Round 1, when better overall talents might be available.
To be clear, you wouldn’t hear me complaining if the team selected any of the four linebackers listed above. Linebacker is a much more crucial need than tackle, and all four have the talent to start. But as evaluators, the Washington Football Team’s scouting staff, shouldn’t turn a cheek to the talent and value that also might be available on Day 2. Here’s the list:
- Baron Browning – Ohio State
- Jabril Cox – LSU
- Pete Werner – Ohio State
- Dylan Moses – Alabama
- Nick Bolton – Missouri
- Cameron McGrone – Michigan
- Chazz Surratt – North Carolina
- Monty Rice – Georgia
- Tony Fields II – West Virginia
It seems to be almost a foregone conclusion that the Washington Football Team will come away with one of the linebackers we’ve mentioned so far. And with three picks on Day 2, they should have plenty of opportunities to do so. This is an incredibly athletic linebacker class with a ton of upside, and even in the later rounds, players like Buddy Johnson, Derrick Barnes, and Garret Wallow have some appeal.
Additionally, since the Washington Football Team needs better coverage play at linebacker, it’s not out of the equation that they could pick a safety and convert them to WILL linebacker. Virginia Tech standout Divine Deablo makes a lot of sense in that regard, as do Jamien Sherwood, JaCoby Stevens, and Christian Uphoff.