Projecting Commanders depth chart following 2022 NFL Draft selections
By Jerry Trotta
DE: Montez Sweat, Efe Obada, Casey Toohill
DT: Jonathan Allen, Phidarian Mathis
DT: Daron Payne, Daniel Wise, Tyler Clark
DE: Chase Young, James Smith-Williams
It’ll be interesting to see how Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio manage the DL rotation with Young expected to miss the start of next season. When healthy, though, it should look something like this, with Mathis, Wise, Smith-Williams and Obada all candidates for increased roles along the interior if Payne gets traded.
WLB: Jamin Davis, Khaleke Hudson
MLB: Cole Holcomb, David Mayo
Buffalo nickel: Unfilled
This is without question the weakest of Washington’s position groups. We’d feel a lot better about the rotation if Landon Collins was re-signed to fill the Buffalo nickel, but Holcomb is currently the only name that inspires confidence after he tallied 145 tackles, seven passes defended and two interceptions in 2021.
CB: William Jackson, Benjamin St-Juste, Christian Holmes
Strong safety: Kamren Curl, Percy Butler, Darrick Forrest
Free safety: Bobby McCain, Jeremy Reaves
Slot CB: Danny Johnson, Benjamin St-Juste, Corn Elder
CB: Kendall Fuller, Bejamin St-Juste, Troy Apke
We’re intrigued to see whether fourth-round pick Percy Butler carves out a role in the secondary, but his propensity to pack a punch and lay the wood could see him play a Deshazor Everett-like role at strong safety. The rest of rotation is straightforward, with the slot position offering the most allure in terms of competition.