4 first-round draft scenarios for the Washington Commanders in 2023

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Commanders must consider the OL

The additions of right tackle Andrew Wylie and versatile interior lineman Nick Gates have slightly improved the protection issues. Unfortunately, there are still many concerns.

Chase Roullier has endured injuries and regression in his game while being in many talks of becoming a potential cap casualty. Left Tackle Charles Leno Jr. – although he has been serviceable – will turn 32 years old next season.

It might be time for some youth and athleticism on the Washington Commanders’ offensive line under Eric Bieniemy. Perhaps even with the No. 16 overall selection depending on how the board plays out in front of them.

Three offensive linemen who may be available are:

Paris Johnson Jr. – This one may be unlikely as several teams have their eyes on Johnson. If he were to fall, the Commanders must draft him.

Johnson is a load at tackle and has some of the longest arms among players. The former Ohio State star is a Day 1 starter, so the Commanders would either cut Leno or potentially move him to guard, which really strengthens the line.

Broderick Jones – Jones is an uber-athletic lineman that could play at either tackle or the guard position if needed. A versatile prospect is always a bonus for a team, especially for the Commanders who lack depth and have a track record of injuries.

Darnell Wright – After some great games to end the season, Wright’s draft stock has surged. I personally would find this to be a reach, although his talent on the right side is undeniable.

This addition would have either Sam Cosmi or Andrew Wylie moving to left guard as Wright is much more suited for the right side of the line.