Before you get turned off by the headline, just know that this article is in no way a reflection of our feelings about Jamin Davis.
Unlike some Washington Football Team fans, we’ve accepted the fact that Davis was drafted with an eye on the future. Barring something truly unforeseen, the Kentucky product was never going to make a huge impact as a rookie.
The good news for Washington is that Jon Bostic’s season-ending injury has paved the way for Davis to get more playing time. Over the last three games, he’s played 77.6% of the snaps, including 88.5% in the last two weeks.
Davis hasn’t been spectacular by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s learning on the job and that’s all you can really ask for.
With that being said, it’s clear Washington could’ve (or should’ve) drafted other prospects who weren’t viewed as development projects.
With the bye week in full swing and no trades to react to, let’s highlight some players Washington is surely regretting passing on.
4 players Washington should’ve drafted over Jamin Davis
4. Greg Newsome II
We get it. Hindsight is 20/20. The draft came after Washington signed William Jackson III to a three-year, $42 million deal in free agency, so the need for a cornerback wasn’t glaring at the time.
Fast forward to the present, however, and the Football Team has a glaring issue at cornerback. Jackson’s been a major flop and has missed the last two games due to injury. Kendall Fuller, meanwhile, is someone fans were pushing to be traded at the deadline. Folks, Benjamin St-Juste, drafted in the third round in the 2021 draft, has been Washington’s best corner, and it isn’t all that close.
Could you imagine a young CB tandem of St-Juste and Greg Newsome II, who was taken No. 26 overall by Cleveland? They’d be set.
It’s just a pleasure to watch Newsome play the CB position. He’s fluid and explosive and reads the game like a veteran. The Northwestern product earned the No. 2 CB spot opposite Denzel Ward during camp and has never looked back. He has four pass breakups and owns a 71.1 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus.
If Washington wasn’t so quick to throw the bag at Jackson, arguably free agency’s most disappointing signing through eight weeks, they could’ve drafted Newsome in Round 1, Sam Cosmi in Round 2 and St-Juste in Round 3.
It’s easy to say after the fact, but that would look A LOT better than having two overpaid veterans eating up a chunk of the payroll.