- The Washington Times
Friday, April 30, 2021

Washington continued to add to its defense in the NFL draft, using the 74th pick to take Minnesota cornerback Benjamin St.-Juste. The selection was one of Washington‘s two third-round picks. 

St.-Juste was one of the few Canadians in this year’s draft. Born in Quebec, St.-Juste has good size for his position at 6-feet and can play multiple spots in the secondary — an ability that coach Ron Rivera and his staff target when looking at players.

St.-Juste transferred from Michigan to Minnesota in 2019, becoming a standout starter for the Gophers. That year, he started nine of 13 games and had 10 pass breakups — tied for most on the team. In 2020, St.-Juste played in only five games, missing the rest of the year because of COVID-19. 

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote that St.-Juste has “impressive measurables,” but needs to work on his route recognition. 

Washington was in need of secondary help with Ronald Darby and Fabian Moreau leaving in free agency. The team signed William Jackson III and Darryl Roberts to replace them, but Washington could use younger depth at the position.

St.-Juste’s scouting profile on the NFL‘s website also mentions that the Canadian native could also possibly play safety at the next level. It remains to be seen whether Washington will use him at cornerback or safety. 

St.-Juste, however, is the latest Washington pick who was seemingly valued for his versatility. Jamin Davis, the team’s first-round pick, can play all three linebacker spots, while tackle Sam Cosmi has started on the left and right side of the line. 

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