With their lone selection in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Washington Football Team chose another physical defensive back in Darrick Forrest.
Forrest, a Cincinnati product, was a starter across his final three years in college. With the Bearcats, he picked off six passes but made the most difference near the line of scrimmage as a tackler and run supporter.
That sort of physicality means he should fit right into Washington's secondary, which added Benjamin St-Juste on Friday night and is also home to Kam Curl and Landon Collins. While he works his way up the depth chart at safety, he projects to have an immediate impact on special teams.
Forrest also ran a 4.44 40-yard dash. General manager Martin Mayhew told reporters on Thursday that he's very focused on improving Washington's overall speed, and he's backing that statement up with this pick.
After bringing Forrest onboard, Washington is slated to sit out the sixth round before making their final two choices in the seventh round.