2022 NFL Draft: Commanders pre-draft rumors roundup before Day 1
By Jerry Trotta
Will the Commanders draft a receiver in Round 1?
Another quick note on Hamilton before we transition. Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network noted Hamilton could fall into the 15-20 range. Perhaps the Commanders would consider trading back for him if they’re confident the teams slated to pick behind them are going in a different direction.
But if not Hamilton, then who?
In a draft preview of sorts, ESPN’s Todd McShay provided insight about what he’s hearing on team strategies, where quarterbacks might get taken (first round or otherwise) and stock reports on some of the top prospects.
When it came time to analyze Washington, McShay dropped some telling information about the team’s hunt for a new receiver.
"Nothing new here, but the Washington Commanders are all in on finding another wide receiver. I’ve heard two very different nuggets on their preference at No. 11. One GM told me that buzz around the league points to Washington taking Ohio State’s Chris Olave, pairing him with a former Buckeyes teammate in Terry McLaurin. But another says London is rumored to be much higher on Washington’s board at the position. Regardless, it might be a moot point if London goes to the Falcons or Jets."
With so many reports surfacing on draft week, it’s hard to gauge which is accurate. The Commanders taking a WR in Round 1 would be our personal preference, and McShay’s intel suggests Olave and London are the betting favorites. Of course, the conflicting reports suggest anything (or anyone) is on the table.