4 rough diamonds the Washington Commanders could draft in 2023

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Commanders could draft Cameron Latu

  • Tight End | Alabama Crimson Tide

Much like the situation on the offensive line, the Washington Commanders seem confident in their tight-end options heading into the new campaign. However, it would be remiss if the organization didn’t examine an extremely gifted crop of prospects emerging from the college ranks in 2023.

Most analysts perceive this to be the deepest draft class for tight ends in recent memory. Something the Commanders must take advantage of to provide Eric Bieniemy with another weapon after his high-profile switch from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Although he’s a little rough around the edges, Cameron Latu has the physical frame and athletic intangibles that can be developed. His strong foundation at Alabama should smooth the player’s transition to the next level, with his outstanding work ethic making him easily coachable for good measure.

Latu has decent balance, which is matched by good ball skills and enough spring to get the football from its highest point. Strength is another outstanding element of his game, which makes him a significant red-zone threat coupled with a relatively large wing span.

If the Commanders or someone else can progress his route tree, blocking, and tracking the football downfield, Latu can become a prolific weapon. It might not happen overnight, but the upside is there for all to see.