4 prospects the Commanders could target with trade-down from No. 16

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Which 2023 NFL Draft prospects could be in play for the Washington Commanders if those in power decide to trade down from No. 16 overall?

With the Washington Commanders sitting on $2.95 million in available salary-cap space currently, it appears as if their free-agent dealings might be done unless some bargains come into the fold. They can free up additional space through restructures and releases, which is entirely possible considering the 2023 NFL Draft class needs more than $8 million to be signed.

The Commanders have eight selections currently and a few pivotal needs to fill. Much will depend on how the board plays out in front of them, but moving down the first-round pecking order for extra picks cannot be dismissed if some of their top targets aren’t available.

This looks like the most cost-effective way to improve problem positions and increase competition for places. However, there would have to be sufficient interest from elsewhere and an offer that’s worthy enough to benefit the franchise.

With this in mind, here are four prospects the Commanders could draft if they traded down from No. 16 overall.

Prospect No. 1

(Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports) Emmanuel Forbes /

Commanders could draft Emmanuel Forbes

  • Cornerback | Mississippi State Bulldogs

Even though Mel Kiper Jr. had Emmanuel Forbes to the Washington Commanders in his recent mock draft, taking him at No. 16 overall could be a reach. If they traded down a few spots, it’s a different story.

Forbes is a little on the light side, but the former Mississippi State standout has the length, speed, and reactions to become a shutdown cornerback. Something the Commanders desperately need to go alongside their current options.

This is a strong cornerback class at the top end. Simply put, the Commanders must get out of the first two rounds with a difference-maker at the position.