4 major Commanders observations from 2023 NFL Scouting Combine

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Commanders can find their shutdown CB

Another area that the Washington Commanders need to focus on at some stage this offseason is cornerback. Adding a shutdown presence is absolutely essential, which would complement the skills Kendall Fuller and Benjamin St-Juste bring to the table in 2023.

Acquiring productive cornerbacks in free agency isn’t normally the most cost-effective way to go about things. Fortunately for the Commanders, there is an abundance of talent emerging from the college ranks that should be heavily coveted.

Most top corners put on a show at the NFL Scouting Combine. Christian Gonzalez was the undoubted standout, but others such as Emmanuel Forbes also demonstrated their exceptional athletic attributes to further heighten intrigue at an important stage of the assessment process.

Again, this is a fluid situation that will alter depending on what happens during the free-agent frenzy. But the week in Indianapolis did nothing to dispel the notion that Washington should select a corner within the first two rounds.

If Gonzalez was somehow around at No. 16 overall, it’s a no-brainer. Forbes could also now enter first-round consideration and Joey Porter Jr. is another that’s gained a lofty reputation throughout a glittering college career at Penn State.

There is an embarrassment of riches at the top end of this cornerback class. Something the Commanders would be wise not to waste.