Each week throughout the 2020 NFL season, we’re going to — simply being sincere right here — overreact to what we’ve seen on the sector the earlier Sunday and begin projecting NFL draft prospects to groups that may need assistance at sure spots.
Consider it as a mini one-team mock draft, with early (Rounds 1-2), center (Rounds 3-5) and late (Spherical 6 and later) prospects at every crew’s respective place of concern.
This week’s NFL draft makeover is the Washington Football Team. After Dwayne Haskins’ benching, what’s the way forward for the place there?
In February on the NFL scouting mix, new Washington head coach Ron Rivera supplied up a fairly juicy tidbit.
House owners of the No. 2 choose within the 2020 NFL draft, the franchise deliberate to satisfy with the 2 quarterbacks — LSU’s Joe Burrow and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa — as they thought-about the right way to use the precious choice. This regardless of the previous regime’s drafting of Dwayne Haskins with the No. 15 total choose the 12 months earlier than.
But when the crew picks in that very same vary once more within the 2021 NFL draft, they may not move on a quarterback a second time.
The benching of Haskins might not be very fair, and Rivera has promised that Haskins’ obituary with the franchise has not but been written, but it surely doesn’t precisely really feel like there can be a turnaround with the crew that drafted him.
Will they commerce Haskins? It’s attainable. And in the event that they land excessive sufficient — within the vary, say, of one of many prime three quarterbacks within the draft — it’s in all probability greater than possible. It’s both draft somebody, rely on Kyle Allen or Alex Smith subsequent 12 months, or commerce for a reclamation venture equivalent to Jimmy Garoppolo, Matt Ryan, Tyrod Taylor, Mitch Trubisky or the like.
After a 1-Four begin towards a weaker slate, the Washington Soccer Group presently picks No. Four subsequent 12 months. That just about actually places them ready to make the massive draft funding they didn’t final 12 months.
Trey Lance, North Dakota State
It will be a leap of religion for no matter crew drafts Lance as a result of it’s going to require a really excessive choose for a participant who has 17 begins on the FCS stage on his resumé. However, oh, that expertise …
Lance has an alluring ability set, one that would finally make him the most effective quarterback within the 2021 draft class — sure, even forward of Trevor Lawrence. However making that assertion now could be a transparent and utter stretch.
There additionally would maybe be some hesitancy for Washington to take such an inexperienced prospect after (we’d assume) defenestrating Haskins, a one-year starter at Ohio State, even when their conditions are apples to kumquats.
So who does Lance evaluate to? We see loads of Dak Prescott in his recreation, with above-average arm power, super run ability and run intuition and pure potential that immediately shone after taking on the Bison’s beginning job.
Plus, if the crew retains Smith on board, he might serve as an exceptional mentor for the gifted Lance, simply as Smith did for Colin Kaepernick and Patrick Mahomes — two extremely proficient however unorthodox passers who required refinement and incubation earlier than taking on.
If the franchise owns the No. 1 total choose, Lawrence would virtually actually be the selection. Ohio State’s Justin Fields (the person who changed Haskins in Columbus) additionally can’t go neglected. However Lance could be a really possible long-term match if Washington is choosing a number of slots decrease.
However not too far — there’s an honest probability Lance goes within the prime 5, and we’d be shocked if he slips too far exterior of the highest 10 if not.
Brock Purdy, Iowa State
Purdy lacks nice arm expertise, and he’s off to an uneven begin up to now this season. However to his credit score, Purdy appears to be turning issues round of late, together with and particularly in his most up-to-date outing towards Texas Tech.
He’s at all times going to be a beauty-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder QB, and never the kind of participant you draft as a franchise savior, we suspect. Purdy simply isn’t all that bodily gifted, and there’s an actual query of whether or not he initiatives to be an NFL starter or not.
However Purdy carries an underdog mentality that would see him come onto an NFL roster in a studying function as a rookie and presumably take over down the street.
His craftiness, pocket motion and contact are his finest traits. Purdy has a coolness about him, though his critics would possibly argue that it’ll result in some careless moments. Nonetheless, he assaults the center of the sector nicely and by no means appears to again down from large challenges, equivalent to engineering the massive upset over Oklahoma two weeks in the past.
There’s additionally a connection right here, as Washington’s director of personnel, Kyle Smith, performed his school ball at Youngstown State beneath head coach Jon Heacock, who’s now Iowa State’s defensive coordinator. If there’s anybody who can provide Smith some intel on Purdy, it’s Heacock.
Dustin Crum, Kent State
We’ve but to see Crum this season, but it surely wouldn’t be beautiful to see his inventory enhance as soon as the MAC will get rolling once more in a number of weeks. Crumbs’ 2019 season flew beneath the nationwide radar, however he was fairly darned unbelievable.
In his first season beginning, the 6-3, 210-pound Crum accomplished 217 of 313 passes (69.Three %) for two,625 yards with a 20-2 TD-INT ratio. Kent State’s protection was completely mauled by Auburn, however in that recreation Crum made some spectacular throws and didn’t look misplaced in any respect earlier than being pulled, down 28, halfway by means of the third quarter.
Woody Barrett (a former Auburn commit, coincidentally) was named the starter in spring ball final 12 months, however Crum finally changed him and seemed way more in charge of the offense when he received the prospect.
Crum additionally ran 168 instances for 707 yards with six TDs, served as a pooch punter and was tried as a tricky-play receiver a number of instances. He’s a powerful athlete and was very efficient as a passer when he attacked deep.
The trail for the Washington Soccer Group to draft a QB on Day 3, versus earlier, would appear to be both Allen or Smith having some tangible success down the stretch — or maybe they’ve seconds ideas on buying and selling Haskins and should not keen to surrender on him simply but.
Crum solely has a six-game slate this fall, so there’s solely a lot tape he can put on the market. However what we’ve seen so far, we’ve preferred. He’s a late Day Three possibility now.
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