2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup: OT Christian Darrisaw and Washington are a match

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Mock Draft Roundup: OT Christian Darrisaw, Washington are a match originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

With the offseason in full swing, the Washington Football Team has done a solid job of addressing holes in free agency.

Quarterback (Ryan Fitzpatrick), wide receiver (Curtis Samuel) and cornerback (William Jackson) were three major areas for the team to work on, and those additions will benefit the team in 2021. Yet even with that strong start, there is still more work to be done. Specifically, offensive line and linebacker are units that could use an upgrade. 

Luckily for Washington, there is a pretty big event in late April and early May that can provide the organization with more pieces. The 2021 NFL Draft and the No. 19 pick gives Washington an opportunity to find a talent that can impact the franchise for years to come.

As the draft nears, Mock Draft season is in full swing. So, who do the analysts have Washington selecting? Evaluating a few different mocks, there seems to be a common theme: Washington should focus on the offensive line.

More than that, there is one player that several see as a solid match for the unit upfront. ESPN's Mel Kiper, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah and CBS Sports' Ryan Wilson all have Washington selecting Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw.

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The consensus from all three is that Washington still has something to figure out at quarterback for the future, but that isn't going to happen with the No. 19 pick. If Washington wanted a quarterback to be the face of the franchise out of this draft it would have to involve trading up, which means giving up more assets.

Instead, with Ryan Fitzpatrick acting as a plug-in option for 2021, Washington can look elsewhere in the present and attack one of its other holes. That, to these analysts, is the offensive line. The group has Brandon Scherff and Morgan Moses to anchor it and the return of Saahdiq Charles could be key, but the departure of Trent Williams this time last year has left a hole at the all-important left tackle spot.

Investing in Darrisaw gives Washington a prospect who could potentially become the constant force that position needs, and that impact could come as early as 2021. 

Rather than once again risk the future with a pick at quarterback, these mock drafts believe it's safer for Washington to look toward the offensive line and grab Darrisaw. It may not be as flashy of a name, but the influence could still be enormous.