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

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Commanders could trade down from No. 16

With multiple playoff contenders behind the Washington Commanders looking to solidify their rosters, a trade-down is not out of the question. Based on the mock draft simulations run, there are cornerbacks and wide receivers available that teams might want to move up to acquire.

The Commanders still have a few holes to fill on their roster. Adding an extra pick or two allows them to fill their needs.

Here are some potential trade backs I’ve come up with and the Commanders’ selection at that pick.

Small Trade Back -The Commanders send No. 1 16 to the Los Angeles Chargers (No. 21 and No. 85) or Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 24 and No. 88).

With either pick No. 21 or No. 24, the Commanders could select:

Dalton Kincaid– Kincaid is a stud receiving tight end with a similar game to Travis Kelce. A player with fantastic route running and great hands, he has all the traits to be Eric Bieniemy’s new dynamic weapon and potential focal point.

O’Cyrus Torrence– Torrence is a mammoth guard. His pure size and strength have him bullying the opposition’s interior defensive linemen.

This move would be likely if the Commanders released current center Chase Roullier or veteran Andrew Norwell.

Large Trade Back – The Commanders send pick No. 16 to the Kansas City Chiefs (No. 31, No. 95, and No. 178) or Cincinnati Bengals (No. 28, No. 92, and 2024 fifth-round pick).

With either pick No. 28 or No. 31, the Commanders could select:

Michael Mayer– Mayer is a well-rounded tight end with great size and strength that allows him to assist with blocking edge rushers. He won’t wow you as a receiver, but has more than enough talent to become a good pass-catching presence at the next level.

Emmanuel Forbes – With his slim build Forbes will be an outside cornerback with incredible athleticism and length. Whether it’s early or late, the Commanders must address the position early in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Dawand Jones– Jones is a giant of a tackle, standing at 6-foot-8 and weighing 374 pounds. He is a complete nightmare for defenders.

The recent addition of Andrew Wylie means Jones will either sit a year or the recent free-agent signing would move to guard if the Ohio State product looks ready to fill starting responsibilities as a rookie.