Commanders best-ever picks in franchise history at 2023 draft spots

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Jamie Asher – Former Commanders TE

  • No. 215 overall – 1995

Jamie Asher is the best player for the Washington Commanders – or the alter ego at the time – drafted in this slot. He was a starting tight end for a couple of seasons in the mid-1990s, scoring four touchdowns in 1995, and is still the sixth all-time leading receiver amongst tight ends in franchise history.

But he is not the best player the Commanders ever drafted at this spot. That would be cornerback Jimmy Spencer, taken four years earlier in 1991.

Spencer never played a down for Washington. But over the course of 12 seasons, he turned out for four other teams, starting for the New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals.

He finished with 26 interceptions and eight fumble recoveries, having an arguably better career than any other defensive back drafted by the team until Champ Bailey was picked seven years later.

Tom Compton – Former Commanders OT

  • No. 193 overall – 2012

Washington picked South Dakota’s Tom Compton two years after selecting Trent Williams. Ten years later their wisdom would be proven when this duo was the starting tackles in the 2022 NFC Championship game.

Unfortunately, both men were playing for the San Francisco 49ers at the time.

Compton has been a serviceable swing tackle and spot starter, appearing in 124 NFL games, 44 of them for the Commanders.