The Choice: Kamren Curl, SS, Arkansas
Our Choice: No change
The easiest re-draft decision was Chase Young in Round 1, but Kamren Curl is a close second. The former Razorback was arguably the biggest steal of the 2020 NFL Draft for any team. His impact last season put the league on notice and he is likely destined to multiple Pro Bowl appearances and many other honors far into the future.
Prior to the 2020 draft, most analysts and scouts had Curl rated as a fifth-round prospect. When he was still available in the seventh round, the Washington Football Team made him the choice and it was thought that very good value was found and little else. No one expected such a steal, but Curl is a player that most teams would love to have on their roster. There is no need to make a change with this selection.
The Choice: James Smith-Williams, DL, North Carolina State
Our Choice: No change
With their second pick in this round, the Washington Football Team added James Smith-Williams and there is no reason to make a change in our re-draft. Smith-Williams was drafted to be a depth option on the defensive line and that is the precise role that he filled in 2020. His impact should be the same in 2021, but Smith-Williams is a certain bet to improve on what he accomplished as a rookie.
Smith-Williams produced 10 tackles in 14 games last season, but three of those tackles were for a loss of yardage. He also contributed two quarterback hits and a half-sack. Smith-Williams was the depth option that the Washington Football Team wanted from him and he delivered. There is no need for a change.
Bonus: Casey Toohill, EDGE, Stanford (via Eagles)
Four selections after Smith-Williams was drafted, the Eagles added defensive end Casey Toohill. For reasons unknown, the Eagles released the former Cardinal in early October and the Washington Football Team claimed him off of waivers. The front office had Smith-Williams and Toohill rated as two ends that they liked in the seventh round.
Toohill played in eight games and his stats were modest – a pair of tackles and a quarterback hit. He faces long odds to make the final roster, but Toohill could spend time on the practice squad this season and hone his skills. Adding Toohill at no cost last season is simply a bonus.