Commanders 5-round 2023 NFL mock draft: Molding a contender
By Dean Jones
Commanders draft Nick Broeker
- Offensive Tackle | Ole Miss Rebels
As stated previously, the Washington Commanders need to bolster their offensive line in the coming months. This would be a tremendous boost for Sam Howell and should also provide more space for running back Brian Robinson Jr. to build on an impressive first season.
One or two starters are likely to remain. But the Commanders must also solidify depth options in case the worst happens on the injury front.
Even though Nick Broeker is inexperienced, the upside is there for all to see. He was given important responsibilities on the blindside at Ole Miss, which is something the player handled well despite the odd blip along the way.
Broeker has the athleticism and footwork to keep opposing rushers at bay. He’s a little rigid in his movements and hand placement also needs refinement, but this is a development project that could evolve into a starting option over time.
Teams are betting on traits at this stage of the draft. If Broeker takes on professional coaching and learns from some savvy veterans already on the Commanders, there’s a good chance he can progress much quicker than anticipated.
It’ll be fascinating to see how Washington approaches the 2023 NFL Draft – especially if a new owner comes into the fold. And their needs could obviously change depending on additions and subtractions during the free-agent frenzy next month.