5 draft prospects Eric Bieniemy might want for Commanders offense in 2023

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Commanders could draft Anthony Richardson

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Eric Bieniemy’s influence on Patrick Mahomes and his rise to megastardom cannot be understated. The Washington Commanders don’t have anything like the same caliber of quarterbacks on their roster currently, but the offensive coordinator might be able to conjure his magic on Sam Howell over the upcoming preparation period if they plan to make him their starting option in 2023.

Of course, competition is likely to arrive in some capacity. Whether that’s via free agency, the draft, or a potential trade is another matter.

In the event Washington goes down the college route, then Anthony Richardson might have the biggest upside of any signal-caller entering the NFL this year. And the prospect could thrive much sooner than expected under Bieniemy’s guidance.

Richardson is a little raw, but the talent is obvious. The dual-threat electricity is astonishing and his ability to maneuver in the pocket also came on a significant amount over his final year at Florida.

If the Commanders identify Richardson as their top target, moving up to land the prospect is the only way to guarantee this dream becomes reality. Many mock drafts have the player going no lower than No. 9 to the Carolina Panthers, which is draft capital they could use to strengthen other areas.

Giving Howell a shot seems like a realistic scenario. Even if it does represent a gamble for Bieniemy in his first season with the Commanders.

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