3 notable draft prospects set for private workouts with Commanders in 2023
By Dean Jones
Commanders will work out Terrell Smith
- Cornerback | Minnesota Golden Gophers
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the Washington Commanders need more at the cornerback position. Those in power acted quickly to pick up Cameron Dantzler Sr. off the waiver wire following his release by the Minnesota Vikings, but whether he can get back his 2021 form remains to be seen.
This could be a position they target with the No. 16 overall selection. But if one of the top offensive tackles falls, it changes the landscape considerably.
That’s why the Commanders are examining prospects like Terrell Smith during their private workout stage. The Minnesota product is expected to go late on Day 2 according to most analysts, which represents a potential steal if he can enhance an exciting set of athletic attributes at the next level.
Smith is a phenomenal tackler for a man his size. While there are some technical kinks to work out once he gets to the pros, the player’s work ethic is high and his alert instincts in zone coverage make him a perfect scheme fit for defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.
While others would be preferred, the NFL Draft isn’t always a perfect world where someone like Christian Gonzalez or Joey Porter Jr. falls from the football gods and into Washington’s grasp. Bringing Smith in for a private workout covers their bases and leaves nothing to chance, which is always a good thing for preparations.