The 2021 season did not go as the Washington Football Team would have liked. After seeing veteran quarterback and starter Ryan Fitzpatrick go down with an injury early on, the tone was set for a rough year. Now, the franchise is focusing on putting together a big offseason to get back into postseason contention.
One of the main focuses this offseason for Washington will be finding a new long-term quarterback. They could turn to the 2022 NFL Draft to do just that. There are a few guys who would make sense for them.
CBS Sports certainly sees the Washington Football Team going for a quarterback in this draft class. They have projected the Football Team to take Pittsburgh star quarterback Kenny Pickett in the first round.
There will be plenty of teams talking themselves into QBs in this draft and WFT (along with Carolina, Atlanta, New Orleans, Denver, Pittsburgh and Detroit) will be in the running in a decidedly weak class. Pickett had a great 2021 season for Pitt and he’ll have several opportunities during the pre-draft process, starting with the Senior Bowl, to prove he’s QB1.
Pickett would be a massive step in the right direction for Washington. He would become the immediate starter and has the potential to be a legitimate superstar at the NFL level. Being able to get him would finally give the Football Team the franchise quarterback they have been needing.
During the 2021 season with Pittsburgh, Pickett ended up completing 67.2 percent of his pass attempts for 4,319 yards, 42 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He also picked up 241 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Those numbers show why the Washington Football Team should be targeting him.
At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Pickett looks the part of an NFL quarterback. He has a strong and accurate arm and great football IQ. What more could a quarterback-needy team ask for in the draft?
It will be interesting to see what ends up happening this offseason for the Football Team. They have some good talent on the roster, but they need to add more if they want to seriously compete. Getting a quarterback like Kenny Pickett in the first round of the NFL Draft would be a good start.