The Washington Football Team addressed a handful of their biggest needs with their first three picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. They added a linebacker to strengthen the middle of their defense in Jamin Davis. Offensive tackle Sam Cosmi was added to battle for a starting job in 2021 and beyond.
With their first Round 3 pick, the team selected Minnesota cornerback Benjamin St-Juste to provide depth to a position that needed it. And with their second third-round pick, they added another key depth piece, this time on the offensive side of the ball.
With their fourth pick, the Washington Football Team picked North Carolina wide receiver Dyami Brown. And he will add a much-needed speed element to the team’s offense.
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Washington Football Team picks WR Dyami Brown
Brown (6-foot-1, 189 pounds) was a big-time deep threat for North Carolina during his time with the Tar Heels. In each of the last two seasons, he has totaled at least 1,034 receiving yards and averaged 10 TDs per season. Even more impressive, he averaged better than 20 yards per reception in each of his final two seasons at North Carolina.
Brown will be able to add some speed to Washington’s receiving corps. They already had some solid speed thanks to the presence of Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel, but the speed depth beyond them wasn’t great. Antonio Gandy-Golden and Kelvin Harmon profile more as possession or contested-catch receivers. Cam Sims has good speed for his size, but he isn’t a burner.
But Brown definitely has good speed and since Ryan Fitzpatrick loves to take chances downfield, he should find success early in Washington.
At the next level, Brown will have to improve a bit as a route runner to become more of a multi-faceted weapon as opposed to just a speed threat. He has the tools and talent needed to do that with solid coaching, and Washington certainly has that given what the team was able to do with Sims last year.
Brown was a great value and if he had gone late in Round 2, nobody would have batted an eye. We’ll see if he can join McLaurin as the next great third-round receiver to join the Washington Football Team.