3 things that could happen before the Commanders pick at No. 16

(Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports) Ron Rivera
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Commanders could miss out on top-two CB prospects

Despite picking up Cameron Dantzler Sr. off the waiver wire following his release by the Minnesota Vikings, the Washington Commanders still need a cable young cornerback prospect with true shutdown potential. This has been a constant thorn in the team’s side for years and those in power should look to capitalize on an exceptional-looking 2023 NFL Draft class at the top end.

It’s a case of wait-and-see in terms of what’s around for the Commanders at No. 16 overall. But the consensus top-two cornerback prospects – Christian Gonzalez and Joey Porter Jr. – could be gone based on how high their stock has soared during the pre-draft evaluation process.

While that represents something of a blow for Ron Rivera in his pursuit of progression, it’s not the end of the world by any stretch. Washington could still be in reach of prospects such as Deonte Banks, Devon Witherspoon, and Kelee Ringo, with Emmanuel Forbes another that’s gaining momentum at just the right time.

Either way, the Commanders must get out of the first two rounds with one of the premier corners emerging from the college ranks. Something that will no doubt help Jack Del Rio in his quest to take an already good defense into the truly elite category next season.

If the Commanders hit on the majority of their draft picks, they’ll be in a good spot. Anything less could see them slip further behind within a highly competitive NFC East.

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