4 Commanders draft needs after early free-agent moves in 2023

(Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports) Ron Rivera
(Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports) Ron Rivera /
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What could the Washington Commanders have their eye on during the 2023 NFL Draft based on their early moves in free agency?

After a busy few days to kick off free agency, the Washington Commanders are molding a decent-looking roster for the 2023 season. There is some hard work ahead, but Ron Rivera and his staff have made some good signings so far with the promise of more to come.

It hasn’t been jaw-dropping in terms of overall spending. But the Commanders have strengthened problem position groups, improved depth, and got themselves one or two veterans that look capable of further improvements moving forward.

Rivera recently stated his desire to fill holes with free agents to provide additional flexibility during the 2023 NFL Draft. Much will depend on what transpires in the coming weeks, but the picture is becoming clearer.

With this in mind, here are four draft needs for the Commanders based on their early activity in 2023 free agency.

Draft Need No. 1

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) Tyjae Spears /

Commanders need a pass-catching RB

After opting to release J.D. McKissic with a failed injury designation, the Washington Commanders could add another running back during the draft. One that thrives in the passing game to complement what Brian Robinson Jr. and Antonio Gibson bring to the table.

Eric Bieniemy will demand this for his scheme to flourish. And there could be some value on Day 2 or 3 if the Commanders avoid the temptation of drafting Bijan Robinson at No. 16 overall.

Someone like Tyjae Spears would be ideal. But with his stock soaring, it might need to be a second or third-round pick to bring him on board.