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The Washington Football Team wanted to add a safety in the 2021 NFL draft. As a result, many believed Washington would look for one of the top safeties in the draft on the first two days.
However, Washington had other targets in mind. In the fifth round, Washington selected Cincinnati safety, Darrick Forrest.
Forrest was a multi-year starter for the Bearcats, which was one of the best defenses in the nation over the last few years.
After his selection, Forrest spoke to the local media and said Washington had shown interest in him throughout the entire pre-draft process.
Apparently, Washington’s coaches really believe Forrest can make an immediate impact on special teams.
Forrest spoke of his strengths, one of which is versatility. We know this coaching staff prioritizes versatility.
Forrest is a leader.
With all of these qualities, it’s easy to see why Washington zeroed in on Forrest early in the draft process.