4 players Washington Football Team should’ve drafted over Jamin Davis
By Jerry Trotta
1. Trade up for Mac Jones
Does anybody actually know why Washington signed Ryan Fitzpatrick? Most assume he was signed as a placeholder because there were no franchise options available. In regard to free agency and the trade market — unless you hold Sam Darnold or Teddy Bridgewater in a high regard — that made sense.
In regard to the draft, however, it’s so untrue that we’d go as far as to call it fallacious. With the No. 19 overall pick and equipped with all of their draft picks for all of 2021 and 2022, what was stopping Washington from trading up?
As soon as Mac Jones slipped past No. 11 overall (where Chicago drafted Justin Fields) Ron Rivera and Co. should’ve made every phone call imaginable to leapfrog the Patriots, who made out like bandits by drafting Jones No. 15 overall.
Seriously, how much would it have cost to jump up five picks? A second-rounder? Maybe a third? The Fitzpatrick excuse isn’t even applicable here. In fact, having Fitz around to mentor Jones would’ve been the most unintentional piece of brilliance we can recall materializing on draft night.
All Jones has done through eight games is lead the Patriots to a 4-4 record and right in the thick of the crowded AFC playoff picture. He currently leads all rookie QBs in completion percentage (68.1%), passing yards (1,997), yards per attempt (7.1), touchdowns (nine), fewest interceptions (six) and passer rating (90.1).
There’s simply nothing to not like about Jones. He’s mature beyond his years in terms of reading defenses. He takes what the defense gives him, takes care of the football and pops right back up after taking big hits.
The former Alabama star probably wouldn’t look this good in Washington compared to New England, but he’d no doubt show signs that he’s the QB of the future. Unfortunately, the WFT stood their ground and drafted a development project in Davis, who can still have a great future in Ashburn!
We’ll just never get over the fact that Jones went FIVE picks before Davis, and Washington did nothing to try and trade up and snag him.