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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Washington Football Team

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Washington Football Team rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for Washington in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 20

Player who benefited most from draft: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

For the first time in a while -- maybe ever -- Fitzpatrick will play without a clear replacement behind him. There's no Jameis Winston, Josh Rosen or Tua Tagovailoa -- among many others -- lurking. Washington considered drafting a quarterback but didn't feel desperate. Not only does he have a new level of freedom, but Washington drafted a speedy wide receiver in Dyami Brown to pair with free-agent signee Curtis Samuel and holdover Terry McLaurin. It also selected an offensive tackle (Samuel Cosmi) and a tight end (John Bates). Fitzpatrick might have his best chance to lead a team to the postseason for the first time in his 17-year career. -- John Keim

NFL.com -- Rank: 24

Ron Rivera knows the strength of his team is defense, and he set out to make that side of the ball even stronger with the first-round selection of Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis. The heart of Washington's D is in the front four, and Davis addresses an area of need -- a speedy and versatile linebacker who can go sideline-to-sideline and cover. Meanwhile, Ryan Fitzpatrick dodged any fresh competition entering the QB room, and appears to be locked and loaded as the starting quarterback. That hasn't happened for Fitzmagic since his final season with the Jets in 2016. What a fun career.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 18

I think they are the team to beat in the NFC East with their nasty defense. Ryan Fitzpatrick is good enough to get them to nine or 10 wins, which will win the division.

USA Today -- Rank: 13

Question -- should they have aggressively pursued QBs Justin Fields or Mac Jones in the draft? Answer -- Ryan Fitzpatrick has never taken a playoff snap in his itinerant career.

The Athletic -- Rank: 18

Washington had the NFL's third-best defense in 2020, and though success on that side of the ball doesn't always carry over year to year, they actually upgraded their talent, signing cornerback William Jackson and drafting linebacker Jamin Davis in the first round. Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the long-term answer at quarterback, but he should be fine for a year, and Washington can revisit its QB situation next offseason.

This isn't a great team, but it should be a frisky team that competes for the NFC East crown.

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