Commanders Mock Draft: Building a potent offense
Woah, the Commanders go offense yet again in the second round? Yes, yes they do. At the beginning of this mock, I mentioned how Washington needs different skillsets that aren’t currently present on the roster.
The selection of Colorado State’s Trey McBride just makes too much sense for an offense that’ll look to push the ball down the field in 2022 and beyond.
With Logan Thomas’s health in question for the first few weeks of this season, in addition to John Bates showing to be more of a blocking and short passing game threat, it makes sense for Washington to add a pass catcher that can win at the second and third levels with ease.
McBride’s sheer production and ability to win in 2021 were insane. Not only did he have more than six catches in 11 of his 12 contests last season, but he also had the third-most deep catches among all tight ends last season and the second-most contested catches among all that qualified at his position as well.
Not only that, but McBride’s IQ as a receiver is also a plus here, as he’s a threat in zone coverage by knowing when to sit down in zones and he has displayed the ability to get open as the play breaks down. Lastly, he’s been used in a role where he’s the entire offense for the Rams while also being the guy that running plays go through as a blocker, showing real two-way versatility for the position.
Washington adds a tight end that can come in and immediately compete for TE1 off the bat while giving the Commanders the versatility to throw out numerous offensive sets to throw defenses off guard when McBride is out on the field.