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Chris Simms' 2021 NFL Draft QB list will intrigue WFT fans

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The 2021 NFL Draft is less than two months away, meaning draft speculation is only beginning to heat up.

On Wednesday, longtime analyst Chris Simms released his personal list of the top six quarterbacks in the 2021 class on Twitter, a ranking that immediately led several users on the platform to tag the infamous account OldTakesExposed.

In his ranking, Simms had BYU's Zach Wilson as his top overall signal-caller ahead of Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, a bold call considering Lawerence has been projected to be the No. 1 pick for nearly two years, if not longer.

Simms' list didn't just raise controversy at the top, either. The former QB had Texas A&M's Kellen Mond as his third quarterback with Alabama's Mac Jones fourth, both ahead of Ohio State's Justin Fields and North Dakota State's Trey Lance.

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While Simms' ranking might differ from the consensus of other draft experts, the analyst's list should intrigue fans of the Washington Football Team.

Washington holds the 19th pick in the draft after winning the NFC East in 2020. By picking that late, many have assumed the top quarterbacks in the class -- Lawrence, Wilson, Fields and Lance -- will all be off the board. ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper has all four of those passers going in the top 10 of his latest mock draft, too.

If Ron Rivera's club wants to use its first-rounder on a quarterback, Jones or Florida's Kyle Trask have been two names thrown around as a possibility. Rarely has Washington been connected to Fields or Lance, though, as the thought was they both would be long gone.

 

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However, if NFL franchises have their draft boards similar to Simms', could Fields or Lance still be on the board when it's Washington's turn to pick? It sure seems like it. In fact, even former NFL GM Charley Casserly had Fields falling to pick No. 24 in his most recent mock draft.

If Fields is still on the board for Washington, it's likely he'll interest Washington. Earlier this offseason, the Team 980's Kevin Sheehan said Washington's "brain trust" loves Fields and that trading up for the Ohio State star is not out of the question.

Fields, who was the No. 1 high school recruit in his class, has rarely been projected to fall outside of the top 10. Should he slip to Washington, the Burgundy and Gold could find the steal of the class.

Lance, on the other hand, is far more interesting of a prospect. The North Dakota State star turned in one of the best seasons in FCS history in 2019 but played just one game this past fall due to the pandemic. It didn't help that Lance's lone outing in 2020 was one of the worst games of his career, too.

But, Lance has near-elite athleticism and plenty of NFL-ready traits. There's a reason he's still projected to be selected in the top half of the first round despite playing practically no football this past year.

Before anyone makes fun of Simms' list, though, it's worth reminding everyone that the analyst is not afraid to go against the norm.

Ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft, Simms has Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen as his top two quarterbacks in the class, ahead of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen. Simms was mocked at the time, but his 2018 ranking has turned out to be spot on.

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