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

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Commanders need an explosive TE

Based on how the Washington Commanders have ignored the position early in free agency, they might be happy with their tight-end options after all. Something that cannot be completely dismissed given their potential for improvements with Eric Bieniemy leading the offense.

That sounds nice, but there has been a complete lack of consistency at the tight-end spot in recent years. And make no mistake, this is not the sort of draft class to ignore.

This year’s batch of tight ends is deep. One could make a strong case for eight or nine becoming productive starters at the NFL level over time, which is why the Commanders should do their due diligence and strike with conviction if they are taken by one particular prospect.

At the top end, players like Michael Mayer, Darnell Washington, Dalton Kincaid, and Luke Musgrave are generating buzz. Some lower down the pecking order such as Sam LaPorta, Tucker Kraft, and Josh Whyle could also come into the discussion.

It’s a good spot for the Commanders to be in. Logan Thomas, John Bates, and Cole Turner will get their chance to impress Bieniemy, but the aforementioned trio should also be expecting further competition for their respective places when the all-important draft selection process finally gets underway.