Washington Reveals It Was Never Truly Close To Drafting A QB

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Mac Jones sadly looked like a scolded middle school student Thursday night as he waited for his name to be called.

Eventually it was a coach that is known as “The Hoody”  and going back in time even further when he was with the Giants and got the nickname “Doom.”

Those nicknames were off the table on Thursday when Patriots coach Bill Belichick pulled the trigger on drafting Jones, perhaps in his mind drafting a player that can put the franchise back on track after a down 2020.

So while Jones is heading to New England, the Washington Football Team instead went the route of linebacker, selecting Jamin Davis from the University of Kentucky.

When the draft starts again, Washington will own three picks — the 51st, 74th and 82nd overall.

Was Washington ever close to actually drafting a quarterback?

Apparently not.

Coach Ron Rivera and general manager Martin Mayhew both said Washington never got close on a deal, preferring to stay pat, Matthew Paras of the Washington Times reports.

The Chicago Bears traded up to No. 11 for Justin Fields, while the snagged Jones four picks later.

“Up really until our pick, (the draft) went pretty much the way we thought it would go,” Mayhew said.

“We got a few calls, but we didn’t think seriously about making any move. We felt very comfortable there.”

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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