Commanders 7-round 2023 NFL mock draft: Big splash edition

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Which way could the Washington Commanders go with their 2023 NFL Draft selections after a busy first week of free agency for the franchise?

It’s been an active week for the Washington Commanders and others around the league as the free-agent frenzy began in earnest. While there weren’t any big splashes as expected from Ron Rivera and his staff, they did a good job of filling key needs and enhancing depth ahead of a crucial campaign for the franchise in 2023.

Obviously, more is needed before the Commanders take the field for their season opener. Some glaring needs remain, which can be addressed by the next batch of college recruits via the 2023 NFL Draft next month.

Washington has eight selections currently, so this puts them in a strong position. A few more signings in the coming weeks would give those in power a little extra freedom when the draft weekend arrives, but there isn’t much money freely available unless further contract restructures take place.

With the potential for new ownership in the near future, Rivera has no margin for error. Anything less than significant improvements next season would leave his job security hanging by a thread, but nailing the draft would go a long way to improving this possibility within a highly competitive NFC East.

Using the NFL Mock Draft Database simulator, we took a look at which way the Commanders might go with their picks in our latest seven-round mock.