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NFL Draft tracker 2021: Washington’s Day 3 picks, latest news originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The 2021 NFL Draft is complete, and Washington added several key pieces to improve its roster. Washington filled a need at linebacker in the first round, selecting Kentucky product Jamin Davis with the No. 19 pick.
Washington addressed both sides of the ball on Day 2, using its second-round pick on offensive tackle Samuel Cosmi (No. 51), and its pair of third-round picks on cornerback Benjamin St-Juste (No. 74) and wide receiver Dyami Brown (No. 82).
Washington added tight end John Bates, safety Darrick Forrest, longsnapper Camaron Cheeseman, linebacker William Bradley-King, defensive end Shaka Toney and wide receiver Dax Milne on Day 3 after acquiring two picks from the Eagles in the sixth and seventh rounds.
Here is a recap of Washington's draft:
Milne is Washington's final selection of 2021 draft
With the second-to-last pick of the draft and Washington's final pick of the year, the Football Team selected BYU wide receiver Dax Milne at No. 258.
After beginning his college career as a walk-on, Milne caught a team-high 70 passes for 1,188 yards in 2020 and scored eight times over the course of 12 games.
Washington picks Penn State captain Toney
Washington took Penn State defensive end Shaka Toney with the No. 246 pick in the 2021 draft.
The Penn State captain was first-team All-Big Ten and led the team with 5.0 sacks.
Bradley-King selected at No. 240
With the 240th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, Washington selected linebacker William Bradley-King out of Baylor.
Bradley-King was a two-time All-SEC defensive end at Arkansas State before transferring to Baylor for the 2020 season, where he earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.
Washington drafts aspiring dentist, longsnapper at No. 225
The Eagles traded their No. 225 pick to Washington, and the Football Team selected longsnapper Camaron Cheeseman out of Michigan.
Arguably the second-best longsnapper in this class behind Ohio State's Thomas Fletcher, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Cheeseman walked on to the Wolverines in 2018 and opted out of the 2020 season because a scholarship wasn't available. Cheeseman trained for the NFL from his hometown, New Albany, Ohio, while also attending dental school at Ohio State.
Washington acquires two 2021 picks from Eagles
The Washington Football Team will be adding a few more players than expected in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Washington traded a 2022 fifth-round pick to the Eagles for a pair of 2021 draft picks: a sixth-rounder (No. 225) and a seventh rounder (No. 240).
The Football Team entered the day without a sixth-round pick, having traded it to the Raiders for David Sharpe in 2020. They get that pick back, and also have three total picks in the seventh round (No. 246 and No. 258).
Washington adds much-needed safety with Forrest at No. 163
The Washington Football Team continued to add to its secondary in the fifth round by selecting Cincinnati safety Darrick Forrest with the No. 163 pick in the draft. Washington used it's third-round pick on cornerback Benjamin St-Juste and now adds Forrest into the mix, possibly to compete at free safety, a clear position of need.
Forrest -- at 6-foot-0 and 200 pounds -- had 200 tackles, six interceptions and 12 passes defended while at Cincinnati, where he was a three-year starter.
Washington selects TE Bates in fourth round
Washington tight end Logan Thomas being nearly 30 years old and playing 93 percent of offensive snaps last season was not a good combination.
The Washington Football Team needed more depth at the position and got it in the forth round by selecting Boise State tight end John Bates with the No. 124 overall pick. At 6-foot-6 and 256 pounds, Bates had 47 receptions for 579 yards and two touchdowns in 46 games at Boise State.
ESPN's Todd McShay said Bates "catches the ball as well as any tight end in this class besides [Kyle] Pitts." Pitts was selected No. 4 overall by Atlanta.
Washington selects WR Brown at No. 82
The Washington Football Team has given Ryan Fitzpatrick another wide receiver to throw to.
The overhaul of the receiving corps continued as Washington selected North Carolina wideout Dyami Brown with the No. 82 pick in the draft. It was a position that wasn't viewed as a pressing need entering the draft, with the team having brought in Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphries in free agency to play alongside Terry McLaurin. But the 6-foot-1, 189-pound Brown -- who Mel Kiper described as an "early-second or late-first" round pick -- was too good to pass up as one of the top deep threats in the draft.
Brown posted back-to-back 1,000-plus yard seasons at North Carolina, with 20 touchdowns over the two-year span.
Washington adds to secondary with St-Juste at No. 74
The Washington Football Team continued to add pieces to an already strong defense, using its first third-round pick on Benjamin St-Juste, a cornerback out of Minnesota.
At 6-foot-6 and 202 pounds, St-Juste has an impressive 80-inch wingspan that helps in coverage against larger receivers. The Montreal-native spent two seasons at the University of Michigan before transferring to Minnesota, totaling 62 tackles in 30 games.
The pick used to take St-Juste was acquired from the 49ers in the Trent Williams trade. Washington has another third-round pick coming up at No. 82.
Washington selects Cosmi with second-round pick
The Washington Football Team doesn't have its quarterback of the future yet, but it now has a player who will one day help protect him.
Washington opted not to use its second round pick (No. 51 overall) on one of the second-tier quarterbacks available like Davis Mills of Stanford or Kyle Trask of Florida, using it instead on Texas offensive lineman Samuel Cosmi. The highly-athletic, 6-foot-6, 314-pound tackle was first-team All-Big 12 last season. He helps Washington address one of its most glaring needs, with the team still searching of a long-term solution at left tackle since trading Trent Williams.
Teams shifting spots on Day 2
Ahead of Washington's pick at No. 51, the Broncos traded up over the Dolphins to take UNC RB Javonte "Pokkie" Williams at No. 35.
The Bengals traded pick No. 38 to the Patriots, while the Panthers traded the 39th pick to the Bears. The Panthers also traded the 151st pick to the Bears for Chicago's 52nd, 83rd and 204th pick.
The trades continued ahead of No. 51 with the Giants trading No. 42 to the Dolphins and San Francisco trading No. 43 to Las Vegas.
Washington selects Jamin Davis with No. 19 pick
The Washington Football Team had a hole at linebacker before the 2021 NFL Draft and addressed it by selecting Jamin Davis.The Kentucky product is a versatile option for Washington. His speed allows him to play all over the field. This pick answers Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio's complaints about the club's LB moves, especially after Kevin Pierre-Louis left in free agency.
After picking Chase Young with the No. 2 overall pick in 2020, Washington opted to continue adding key pieces to its defense. Davis is a great addition and his versatility could improve what is already a strong defense.
NFC East rivals make draft-day trades
All of the Washington Football Team's division rivals made draft-day trades. The Cowboys dealt the No. 10 pick to the Eagles for the No. 12 pick and a 2021 third-round pick. The Eagles then selected Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith at No. 10, while the Cowboys drafted Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons. The Giants dealt away the No. 11 pick to the Bears, who used the pick to select Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. In return the Giant received the Bears' No. 20 pick, which New York used to select wide receiver Kadarius Toney, along with a 2021 fifth-round pick, and first- and fourth-round picks in 2022.
49ers select Trey Lance with No. 3 overall pick
The 49ers selected Trey Lance with the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The former North Dakota State quarterback had been linked to Washington in the past few weeks, with the Burgundy and Gold considering trading up if Lance would have stayed on the board past the first five picks.
With Lance off the board, Mac Jones, the QB the 49ers were heavily linked to, or Justin Fields began to fall. Neither reached Washington at No. 19, though, as Fields went to the Bears and the New England Patriots took Jones at No. 15.