3 questions for Washington after strong NFL Draft, Free Agency

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Even after strong draft and free agency, 3 major questions for Washington originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

By and large, the Washington Football Team brought in a solid 2021 draft haul, combining some prospects at needed positions along with high upside athletes.

Even with a productive free agency period and the draft now completed, Washington still has some major questions for the 2021 season and beyond. They’re not alone - few football teams ever look like they have every riddle solved - but coach Ron Rivera still has some puzzles to solve.

  1. Nothing is free - Washington has a number of players that can serve as the string safety or even the Buffalo nickel role so central to Rivera’s defense, but there’s no clear option for free safety. Rivera suggested fifth-round rookie Darrick Forest might have the speed needed for the position, and that would be great news for a defense that has scary potential. If it’s not Forest, maybe Washington could still look to add a veteran free agent. In fact, Rivera said the team will host a number of free agents as the off-season continues, so keep an eye on that option as well.

  2. Blindsided - Since a 2020 draft trade of veteran Trent Williams the Washington Football Team has lacked an obvious starter at left tackle. Veteran Cornelius Lucas played relatively well in half a season in 2021, but the Burgundy and Gold spent a second-round pick on University of Texas tackle Sam Cosmi in the Draft. Can he get up to NFL speed by this fall? Athletically Cosmi has the tools but he will be forced to quickly adapt to professional pass rush moves and complex offensive plans. 

  3. Long-term planning - Ryan Fitzpatrick will be Washington’s starting quarterback this fall. Or at least it’s his job to lose in a training camp competition with Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen. Fitz has played some of the best football of his career the last few seasons, but he’s also been benched to give young passers playing time. Ideally, Washington starts Fitzpatrick for the full 2021 season - that's ideally- but still there is no long-term plan at the sports' most important position. Rivera and the Washington brass are smart not to overpay for a QB they don’t love, but this time next year, they might need to commit to some type of plan.

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