WFT Stock Report: McLaurin is a blue chipper but lows emerge

Terry McLaurin

RICHMOND -- After three days of practices, some version of the future is taking shape for the Washington Football Team.

Some things are obvious, though others are more subdued. Star players look like star players, though there are some young players with stunted development too. 

Stock Up

  • Terry McLaurin - He's a stud and everyone knows it but sometimes it's good to remind the world just how good. McLaurin looked dominant during Friday's 11v11 session, showing off his vertical speed and his ability to come down with contested catches. Washington has a good one in McLaurin.
  • City of Richmond - Sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder. The last time the Washington Football Team came to Richmond for training camp was 2019, and frankly, the city didn't really want the team there. Previous leadership in Washington negotiated a payment from the city for each training camp visit, and it was a bad deal for an already under-funded city. Richmond residents resented the deal, and with the team underperforming for most of the last decade, the revenue windfall promised from the practices never really showed up. When Ron Rivera got to town in 2020, he quickly announced Washington would no longer require payment from the City of Richmond and all of a sudden the relationship got much healthier. Now Richmond Mayor Lavar Stoney is saying how much he'd like to keep Washington coming to town for camp. Crazy how things can change.
  • Dyami Brown - The third-round rookie continues to take advantage of his reps, and with veteran free agent signee Curtis Samuel now on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, Brown will get even more work and opportunity. 

Stock Down

  • Wes Martin - A fourth-round pick back in 2019 -- by the previous administration -- Martin's development has not really gotten out of first gear. He's started 10 games in two seasons but has never established himself as a clear starting level player, and through three days of camp, it appears his roster spot could be in jeopardy. Washington will probably keep six interior offensive linemen, some combination of guards and centers. Some of the names are obvious -- Brandon Scherff, Chase Roullier, Wes Schweitzer, Ereck Flowers -- and after that Tyler Larsen seems to be gaining a foothold as the team's backup center. Ron Rivera drafted Keith Ismael in the fifth round last year too. 2020 third-round pick Saadhiq Charles might someday be a guard too. It's tricky to figure out the path forward for Martin.
  • Deshazor Everett - Landon Collins' return to health, the addition of veteran Bobby McCain and drafting Darrick Forrest are all signs of a highly competitive roster situation at safety. Rivera seems to really like Jeremy Reaves, and Kam Curl is obviously on the roster. Add in the fact that Everett hasn't practiced yet at camp and is on the non-football illness list, and things could be tough for one of the longest-tenured Washington Football Team players. Keep in mind Everett is an elite special teams player and a former team captain. Folks love him and his hard-nosed attitude and his ferocity on big hits. It's far too early to make any prediction at safety, but there's a long list of guys fighting for spots.