Round one of the 2021 NFL Draft is in the books. The Washington Football Team addressed its most glaring need by selecting dynamic off-ball linebacker Jamin Davis with its first pick. But as we all know, teams are built in the later rounds.
Morgan Moses, Kendall Fuller, Terry McLaurin, and Antonio Gibson were all found on Day 2 of the draft. And with three picks (51, 74, 82) in the second and third rounds, Washington should be well-positioned to add some quality players.
Here are a dozen potential targets on Day 2.
Washington Football Team Round 2 targets
Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
Adam Humphries should be a solid slot receiver for the Washington Football Team in 2021, but Moore could be a very dynamic weapon in the slot and as a kick returner. He is just 5-foot-7, 181 pounds, but he is elusive, versatile, and would add to the speed and playmaking ability of the offense.
Hunter Long, TE, Boston College
Kyle Pitts became the highest-drafted tight end ever when he went with the fourth overall pick. Long may well be the next best tight end in the draft. Good size and good hands. He can block. He would be a major upgrade in two tight end sets playing with Logan Thomas.
Richie Grant, S, Central Florida
After going for defense in the first round, it seems Washington may want to target offensive players on Day 2. But there is still a roster hole at deep safety. Trevon Moehrig will almost certainly be gone by the 51st pick, but Grant may be available. He is a legit deep safety who would be a good complement to both Landon Collins and Kamren Curl.
D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan
Eskridge has a lot of the same traits as Rondale Moore. Moore seems more explosive to me, but Eskridge looks a little sturdier and could also provide raw playmaking as a receiver and kick returner.
Quinn Meinerz, OG, Wisconsin-Whitewater
I love Meinerz. He is a powerful guard with a mean streak. The major concern is that he played for a D3 school against mostly D3 competition. But he has all the physical tools and has shown well when he got the chance to compete against top athletes. He needs some coaching but could quickly turn into an excellent interior lineman.
Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
Three quarterbacks are likely to go on Day 2. Mond is the only one I would seriously consider taking in the second round. Mond is an athletic quarterback with a strong arm who has had consistency problems in the past. That’s exactly what I thought about Dak Prescott when he was coming out of college. With coaching, I think Mond is the one Day 2 QB who could really thrive.
Washington Football Team Round 3 targets
Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa
Brown is a bit of a project, but he has outstanding physical tools. He looks like a significantly better prospect than third-round Geron Christian back in 2018. Christian has never lived up to his potential, but, as with Meinerz, good coaching could turn Brown into a quality NFL tackle.
Nico Collins, WR, Michigan
Collins is nothing like the other two receivers on this list. He is a huge target, with better speed than Washington’s other big receivers like Cam Sims, Kelvin Harmon, and Antonio Gandy-Golden. Collins could provide excellent balance to McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, and Humphries.
James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati
Hudson may end up being a better guard than a tackle at the pro level. Like Spencer Brown, he is a raw talent who will need a year or so of seasoning. But he has the size, power and athleticism to become a valuable lineman with the ability to play on the outside or the inside.
Richard LeCounte, S, Georgia
LeCounte has the physical tools to be a very good deep safety. He has played against elite receivers in the SEC and does not seem overmatched. He may not be as ready as Richie Grant to start in his rookie year, but he could be a good special teams and depth addition early on, before eventually becoming an every-down safety.
Benjamin St-Juste, CB, Minnesota
With William Jackson joining Kendall Fuller and Jimmy Moreland, corner may not seem like a priority. But you can never have enough corners. St-Juste has excellent size and can be groomed to be a starter after a year or two of apprenticeship.
Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame
Tremble has excellent speed. He lined up in the backfield for Notre Dame and did a lot of blocking, but he has the skills to become a valuable pass-catching tight end at the pro level.
The draft can take strange turns, and you never know who might fall into your lap. This is where it really gets fun.