When the Washington Football Team signed veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in free agency, the franchise found its likely starter for 2021.
However, Fitzpatrick will turn 39 in November and is on a one-year deal. While he's an instant upgrade, both sides know he's not Washington's long-term solution at the sport's most important position.
Since Washington's future at quarterback remains uncertain, many draft experts have projected the club to select a signal-caller in the 2021 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday. But, such experts have not come to a consensus which passer -- if any -- the franchise will ultimately draft this weekend.
With the first round of the draft just one day away, here's what draft experts are thinking Washington does at the quarterback position this weekend.
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks: Alabama QB Mac Jones (19th overall)
Brooks' reasoning: Ron Rivera and the WFT could take the Alabama passer to be their franchise quarterback of the future. Jones is a distributor with the intelligence and managerial skills needed to win games from the pocket.
NBC Sports' Chris Simms: North Dakota State QB Trey Lance (8th overall, trade with Detroit)
Simms' reasoning: I just feel like Washington's a team that's got a lot of things on their roster that are really good. ... I'm going to say they're one of the teams here that makes a play [for Lance]. Ron Rivera and Scott Turner, their history with Cam Newton, Trey Lance can be that type of quarterback. Yes, he might not be ready right now. But [they've] got Ryan Fitzpatrick. He can sit here, learn those type of things. I'm going to play that.
Download and subscribe to the Washington Football Talk podcast
ESPN's Mel Kiper/Todd McShay Combined Mock: Stanford QB Davis Mills (51st overall)
Kiper's reasoning: Here's the sixth quarterback in the class. Mills is all over the place on teams' boards, but he makes sense in Washington, which isn't picking high enough to take one of the top five signal-callers. Mills played in only 14 games at Stanford, so there is some risk taking him any higher.
CBS Sports' Jonathan Jones: Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond (51st overall)
No reasoning given
NFL.com's Chad Reuter: Stanford QB Davis Mills (72nd overall)
No reasoning given
So, there you have it. In five separate mocks with Washington selecting a quarterback, Stanford's Davis Mills is the only one that was mentioned twice.
It's clear that Washington can go several different directions in the NFL Draft. But it's even clearer that draft experts -- or anyone outside of Ashburn -- have no idea what they will end up doing, either.