January 28, 2022

2022 NFL Draft: Washington Football Team 7-Round Mock Draft

Expectations were high for the Washington Football Team after they went toe-to-toe with the Buccaneers in the wild card round last season. 

Even without a true franchise quarterback, the Football Team was supposed to be a darkhorse championship contender. Instead, injuries mounted up, and the season was ultimately lost. 

Next season is a new opportunity for a very talented roster to make a run, but they will need to have a good offseason. Of course, that means they have to have a good draft. 

The quarterback situation needs to be addressed, and Washington could be one of the brave teams to gamble on this QB class. 

With all of that being said, let's rebuild the Washington Football Team.

Check out our 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft here.

Round 1, Pick 11: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

Washington is one of the more interesting teams in the NFL. Their roster is good enough to make some noise and be a sneaky contender, but their quarterback situation is pretty bad. While Taylor Heinicke has been fine at times, he is not good enough to take this team to where they want to go. 

Willis does not have a lot of college tape, and his competition level at Liberty is not great, but he has all the tools to be a franchise guy. At times he can get erratic with his accuracy, but Willis has the size, arm talent, and athleticism to be the best quarterback in this class. Willis took a step back this season, but there is a lot of buzz that he will not fall outside the top 15 at this point, and Washington seems like a perfect marriage for the best talent in the draft.

Round 2, Pick 42: Darian Kinnard, IOL, Kentucky

Although he is best suited as an interior lineman, Kinnard showed throughout his time at Kentucky that he is athletic enough to play outside. His mobility and quick feet do translate perfectly at either tackle spot, but his power and physicality are his greatest strengths. 

Washington is also pretty solid at both tackle positions, so if they beef up on the inside of the line, they should absolutely do so, especially if they are drafting a rookie quarterback. 

Round 3, Pick 73: Jalen Pitre, DB, Baylor

There is a lot to like when watching Pitre. He has that "do-it-all" style of play as he is solid in coverage and his instincts in the defensive backfield are a big positive. While he is not a very good tackler and is slightly undersized, he is a very noticeable talent. 

Pitre brings a lot to the table when it comes to his natural athleticism, but he is a work in progress, and if he lands in the right spot, he can turn into a solid player. He can line up anywhere on the field and is not afraid of contact, even though he needs some work at the point of attack. 

Round 4, Pick 109: Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State

There is a lot of talent at receiver in this draft, and although Washington has a pretty solid core of pass-catchers, they would be wise to add to that talented room. 

Watson stands at 6'5" and is incredibly fast for his size, with most experts believing he will clock in at 4.4 during the combine. That combination of size and speed is something that cannot be taught, but it is something that needs to be coached. He struggles in contested-catch situations, and his route-running leaves a bit to be desired. 

However, his quick-cut and athletism in the open field will make him a lot of money in the NFL. All he needs is some reps against NFL talent.

Round 6, Pick 188: Pierre Strong Jr., RB, South Dakota State

If you are scouting one Dakota, you might as well scout the other Dakota. 

Although I like Washington's running back room with Antonio Gibson, Jaret Patterson, and J.D. McKissic, Strong has a lot of potential for a day three selection. His speed and vision make him very serviceable as a pass-catching back. His game is very smooth, and his elusiveness is his best trait. 

His size and lack of power with the ball in his hands are a concern, but I like his potential in a Kareem Hunt role. 

Round 7, Pick 226: Damarion Williams, DB, Houston

Williams has a lot of potential because of his intelligence on the field. His reaction to the ball is among the best in this class, but he struggles with the physical aspect of the game. Standing at 5'11", 185 pounds does not help him when it comes to the point of contact, and he is often caught up in the blocking scheme.

He can become a great special teams player because he will always be in the right spot, even if he does get lost in the play. 

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