In my most recent blog, I have made it clear that the draft is by far the most overrated aspect of the NFL off-season as drafting players has little to nothing to do with success in the NFL.
They say geniuses know how to fit square pegs into triangle holes, if our coaches are ingenious their roster will fit the holes. Talk of muscles and speeds… Etc. etc. etc. it’s all nonsense as hypothetically all teams have the same amount of draft picks and the ability to construct similar teams (roster-wise) given the salary cap. Parody and teaching ways to execute with balance should make coaching a key to standing out in the NFL.
Washington Football Team (hopefully re-named the Washington Trail, short for Trailblazers) whoever they add in this draft we should feel tempered excitement towards given that Head Coach Ron Rivera and his coaching staff looked very good at getting the most out of their players.
A 7-9 record, a playoff appearance…Rivera and WFC especially their roster is way ahead of schedule of where WFT was placed nationally before Rivera‘s 1st season here in DC.
Remember last April we were predicted 31 out of 32 in power rankings according to ESPN and other outlets. 31 towards the bottom, not 31 towards the top.
Remember we were wondering if we would just be bad enough for Trevor Lawrence through the whole off-season to as even as late as week 6 of last season.
So once again if we trade up for a Trey Lance or another quarterback I really think that’s fine but nothing. At the same time, Taylor Henicke and Klye Allen looked great in limited action and we have yet to see Ryan Fitzpatrick under center for WFT…Just wish he would shave that beard, this is not pre-Peter Russia, right!
So, here are my 4 players WFT should draft if they stick at #19 in the 1st round.
WARNING: THIS BLOGGER DOES NOT FOLLOW COLLEGE FOOTBALL BUT FROM RESEARCH AND MY GUT, THESE ARE THE PLAYERS I THINK COULD BE EXCELLENT HERE IN DC. (The order is prioritized from 1st choice to last choice).
1st choice: Alijah Vera-Tucker, LG-LT, USC Trojans.
Most mock drafts have Vera-Tucker going before WFTs picks at 19.
Earlier this off-season Vera-Tucker was ranked as the top 10 pick. In many of these recent mock drafts, Vera-Tucker has fallen beneath WFT at #19. If Vera-Tucker is still there at 19 which will be a surprise, please WFT do not pass on this lineman.
I have a gut feeling that Vera-Tucker will make an incredible addition to WFT with the ability to either man the left tackle or the left guard spot. Just giving depth to a line that played very well including LT Cornelius Lucas, WFT can never have enough big men on a football team.
2nd choice:. Travis Ettiene, RB Clemson Tigers.
Most mock drafts have Ettienne going in the early 2nd round.
It seems like Travis Ettienne has played in every pivot college football game since he came to Clemson in 2018. At 5‘ 10 and 210 pounds he will be a star and a workhorse HB in this league. With Trevor Lawrence going 1st in this draft by all pundits, I am sure that Ettienne wants to prove his value. Ettiene did have as much to do with the Tiger’s success as any Clemson player since 2018.
3rd choice. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Most mock drafts have Owusu-Koramoah going between pick 17 and 28 in the 1st round, many to WFT.
There is an article being written on Owusu-Koramoah being the draft prize on defense. Apparently one of WFT‘s big draft needs are LBs especially since Ryan Kerrigan has not been resigned as of today. Also, Owusu-Koramoah could solidify a position which there are some question marks as no one in town would be in disbelief with this pick to WFT at 19.
4th choice: Terrence Marshall, Jr. WR, LSU Tigers.
Most mock drafts have Marshall going in the early 2nd round.
Marshall seems to have that great combination of speed and size which makes a valued addition to any team. Once again like Ettienne helped immensely with elevating Trevor Lawrence, Marshall played the playmaker role in the success of last year‘s heir to Tom Brady, Joe Burrow. If all of the aforementioned players are off the board at #19, I would definitely pick Marshall.
When studying Washington Football Teams rosster, one of the hidden weaknesses of the club was with the fact that Antonio Gibson most carries in a game was only 20, (done twice).
Many games right through December and January can be won by feeding HBs the pigskin and with good defense. As good as Gibson was in year 1, a more versatile role will free up playmaking and playmakers.
Scott Turner and the WFT offense, by bringing a promising lineman such as Vera-Tucker possibly the whole RB corps gets even better. Or, by going with Travis Ettienne at #19, WFT expands its versatile…hopefully reducing a key stat of time of possession for opposing teams.