3 notable draft prospects set for private workouts with Commanders in 2023

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Which key prospects are the Washington Commanders set to bring in for private workouts ahead of the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft?

After a busy but unspectacular start to free agency, the Washington Commanders are slowly turning their attention to the 2023 NFL Draft. With just under $3 million in available cap space currently, this represents the only remaining avenue to significantly strengthen problem areas in pursuit of a potential playoff push next season.

The Commanders have eight selections across all seven rounds. But with money tight, they might have work restructure defensive tackle Jonathan Allen’s contract or release another well-paid veteran to sign their class when it’s all said and done.

We are rapidly approaching the business end of Washington’s pre-draft evaluation process. And some recent reports about potential targets coming in for private workouts could go a long way to determining just who will be on the Commanders’ shortlist when the all-important selection weekend begins.

With this in mind, here are three notable prospects that are slated for private workouts with the Commanders in 2023.

Prospect No. 1

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) Dawand Jones /

Commanders will work out Dawand Jones

  • Offensive Tackle | Ohio State Buckeyes

Dawand Jones has been constantly linked with the Washington Commanders in recent weeks. The gargantuan prospect has the size and functional strength to solve their long-standing problem at the left tackle position, even if it might take time to truly reach his ceiling.

There is a very real possibility that the top three offensive linemen will be off the board by No. 16 overall. The Commanders are right to examine those further down the pecking order and Jones might even be available with a small trade-down depending on how the draft unfolds early.

There won’t be great urgency for Jones to start immediately. Washington solidified their right-hand side with Andrew Wylie in free agency and they also have Charles Leno Jr. as a decent short-term option on the blindside.