Commanders 7-round 2023 NFL mock draft: Pro day season edition

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) Tank Bigsby
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(Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports) O’Cyrus Torrence /

Commanders draft O’Cyrus Torrence

  • Offensive Line | Florida Gators

Signing Nick Gates and Andrew Wylie in free agency should help the offensive line improve. But if the Washington Commanders want to guarantee progress across their protection, adding one or two capable individuals from the college ranks is an absolute necessity.

This is a deep class for interior offensive linemen. If the Commanders decide to move forward with Charles Leno Jr. as their starting left tackle in 2023, then solidifying other positions is the best way to make things easier for quarterback Sam Howell during his expected transition into the starting role.

Much like the situation with Joey Porter Jr., there’s a good chance O’Cyrus Torrence goes higher than this. But if he remains on the board at No. 47 overall, this would be a pretty easy decision to make.

Torrence has drawn interest from the Commanders throughout the pre-draft evaluation process to date. He is a gargantuan presence on the interior with athleticism that defies a man his size, which could assist in the prospect’s quest to become a Day 1 starter in the right fit.

The former Florida standout is a mauler in the run game and excels in pass protection for good measure. Torrence failed to concede a single sack in more than 3,000 snaps with the Gators, which is exactly what the Commanders need heading into Year 4 of Ron Rivera’s tenure.