2021 NFL Draft position rankings, Washington mock draft roundup

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2021 NFL Draft position rankings, Washington mock draft roundup originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The 2021 NFL Draft kicks off three days from today.

Much has been written about what could be a historic run at quarterback with the first five picks in the NFL Draft order -- Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance and Mac Jones. 

Will Lawrence (Jags) and Wilson (Jets) turn around their respective franchises? Will Jones or Lance be paired with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco

Of course, it’s not all about signal-callers. Each team enters NFL Draft week with its own set of needs.

Good thing we have all of your NFL Draft needs covered -- from this year’s No. 8-ranked quarterback (Jamie Newman) to the top-rated defensive tackle (Christian Barmore) -- for when your team is on the clock and you need to know more about the best players available on the board.

Who are the best players available in the 2021 NFL Draft?

Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 players at the following offensive positions:

QUARTERBACK | RUNNING BACK | WIDE RECEIVER | TIGHT END 

Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 guys at each defensive position:

CORNERBACK | LINEBACKER | DEFENSIVE LINE

Which player is the Washington Football Team projected to take in the latest NFL Mock Draft?

Ryan Fitzpatrick is a band-aid on the Football Team’s quarterback issues. The 38-year-old veteran is a temporary solution for a glaring hole that ultimately will need to be filled for the long term. His presence, though, means there are teams in more desperate need of a quarterback than Washington, some perhaps willing to trade up to land their strong-armed savior.

So, unless one of the top five QBs on the board -- Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Mac Jones, Justin Fields or Trey Lance --- miraculously falls to No. 19, this won’t be the year Washington selects its signal caller in the first round. In the second round, at pick No. 51, perhaps they’ll consider Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond, Stanford’s Davis Mills and Florida’s Kyle Trask. If not, Ron Rivera and company likely waits until next year when the draft isn’t filled with so many QB-starved teams.

Washington has other needs to be addressed at linebacker, offensive line, tight end and in the secondary. In Ethan Cadeaux’s latest mock draft, Washington selects Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, who could be the perfect pick to help elevate Washington’s already strong defense. Slightly undersized for an NFL linebacker at 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, Owusu-Koramoah is a versatile and speedy player who can cover the whole field, and even drop back to safety when needed.