Re-grading the Commanders 2022 NFL Draft class after Year No. 1

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Cole Turner – Commanders TE

  • Nevada Wolfpack | Pick No. 149 overall

There was quiet optimism surrounding Cole Turner‘s immediate NFL prospects. The Washington Commanders took a chance on the promising tight end on Day 3, which was thanks in no small part to a standout showing throughout the evaluation process.

Despite Logan Thomas dealing with injury issues once again, Turner found life tough generating targets. Something that might change if the player develops effectively this offseason.

Draft Grade: C+

While his contribution was minimal, all hope is not lost with Turner. But it’s hard to say for sure what the player’s ceiling looks like long-term with such a small sample size to go off.

Sam Howell – Commanders QB

  • North Carolina Tar Heels | No. 144 overall

After sitting on the sidelines while the Commanders went through their usual problems at the quarterback position, Sam Howell finally got his chance to shine in Week 18 against the Dallas Cowboys. It was an opportunity he grasped with both hands to secure a notable victory for Washington versus their divisional rivals.

Howell looks set to enter OTAs atop the depth chart if Ron Rivera’s recent comments are any indication. However, there is sure to be competition for the spot also coming into the fold at some stage.

Draft Grade: A

It seemed strange to see Howell fall so far in the 2022 NFL Draft at the time and even more so now. If the former North Carolina star secures the No. 1 job in only his second season, this has the scope to be a significant steal for the Commanders.