QB or bust? Washington Football Team’s New NFL Mock Draft
For all but two National Football League teams, the 2020-21 season is over and all eyes are on the 2022 NFL Draft. The Washington Football Team’s season ended prematurely, but the promise of young talent is helping to soften the blow of missing the NFL playoffs.
Much of the draft selection order is set, and dummy drafts are plentiful. Sports Illustrated took a deep dive into a mock draft that discusses each team’s pick breakdown and their scouting reports.
With the 11th pick, SI predicts the Washington Football Team will select quarterback Matt Corral from Ole Miss.
“Matt Corral has improved every year as a quarterback for the Rebels and should hear his name called early in the 2022 draft. Corral has a terrific feel for maneuvering in the pocket and while keeping his eyes on the field, he ducks to slide up, back or sideways to evade incoming defenders.”
Corral led Ole Miss to its first double-digit regular season wins. One of the most exciting players in college football in 2021, the California native passed for 3,339 yards and 20 touchdowns as well as 597 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns.
Corral injured his ankle in the Sugar Bowl but his x-rays were negative and the injury is not considered to affect his draft status. There’s no real consensus among NFL scouts and executives on which quarterback is best in class; Corral is up for a top 15 pick and possibly the top quarterback picked. Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett currently has the best chance of being the No. 1 quarterback on the roster.
Washington currently only has one quarterback under contract, Taylor Heinicke. If they don’t add a marquee passer in free agency, the WFT will likely be looking for its best option in the draft.
Washington coach Ron Rivera made it clear what the team would do if they drafted a quarterback.
“We’re going to play it,” Rivera said during his final press conference with general manager Martin Mayhew.
The 2022 NFL Draft will take place April 28-30 in Las Vegas. Round 1 will take place on Thursday, April 28. Rounds 2 and 3 will take place on Friday April 29 and rounds 4-7 will take place on Saturday April 30.