The Washington Commanders are in a bit of a transition period and are giving Sam Howell a legitimate shot. How will they attack the 2023 NFL Draft? I’m not so sure how I feel about Howell essentially being gifted the starting quarterback job.
The Commanders, besides being sold soon from Dan Snyder, are entering a bit of a transition of a franchise. Eric Bieniemy joins head coach Ron Rivera in Washington as the team looks to make some progress in a weak NFC.
They did go 8-8-1 last year and fielded the league’s 7th best scoring defense. They have some nice pieces on both sides of the ball and could make some noise next year if Sam Howell could show some promise.
How should the Washington Commanders attack the 2023 NFL Draft?
Washington Commanders’ Mock Draft: Giving Howell a chance
16th overall: Joey Porter Jr, CB, Penn State
The Washington Commanders eye an upgrade to their interior offensive line, but when Joey Porter Jr falls into their laps at 16th overall, they jump on the chance. The secondary if Washington needs quite a bit of love, and Porter Jr, the son of stud linebacker Joey Porter, will offer immediate assistance to this unit.
47th overall: Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa
If you built an inside linebacker in a lab, he’d come out exactly like Jack Campbell; the size, instincts, athleticism, school, and even being named “Jack Campbell” is a true linebacker name if you think about it.
Why not continue to improve an already great unit? Being elite on one side of the ball can have quite the impact in the NFL.
97th overall: Luke Wypler, OC, Ohio State
Interior offensive line reinforcements are here! I like Charles Leno, Sam Cosmi, and Andrew Wylie, but the Commanders could upgrade their left guard and center positions. Ideally, Wypler figures to serve as that center upgrade.
118th overall: Darius Rush, CB, South Carolina
Why not continue to add to a position of need? Rush is a former wide receiver with insane ball skills and excellent athleticism for the position. This is a no-brainer move for Jack Del Rio’s unit.
150th overall: Parker Washington, WR, Penn State
193rd overall: DeMarcco Hellams, S, Alabama
215th overall: Max Duggan, QB, TCU
233rd overall: Chris Rodriguez Jr, RB, Kentucky
I think this is a solid haul for the Washington Commanders. I believe they’ve filled some urgent needs with this draft and also give Sam Howell a true chance to succeed as he enters his first year as a full-time starter in the NFL.