4 rough diamonds the Washington Commanders could draft in 2023

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) Jaren Hall
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Commanders could draft Jaren Hall

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After deciding not to pursue Lamar Jackson, the Washington Commanders’ playoff hopes lie squarely on the shoulders of Jacoby Brissett or Sam Howell in 2023. Ron Rivera stated that it will be a genuine quarterback competition between the pair throughout the preparation period and the head coach is going to start the signal-caller he believes gives them the best possible chance of making strides.

With that being said, it might be worth the Commanders drafting another development project who can sit behind the aforementioned duo during their early transition. This isn’t likely to come early in the draft given needs elsewhere, but Jaren Hall is an option late on Day 2 or Day 3 depending on how the board plays out.

Hall’s release is exceptional considering his baseball background. He isn’t the most experienced, but the athleticism and poise under center leave reasons for long-term encouragement in the right environment.

There is enough arm strength to make every throw. Hall has also progressed key elements such as processing and decision-making over his two years as a starter since Zach Wilson departed BYU’s program en route to becoming the No. 2 overall selection.

Whether Wilson’s failings will rub off on Hall’s draft status is unclear. There are also some injury red flags to consider and he’s a little older than most, which is also working against potential first-round pick Hendon Hooker.

This looks like a low-risk, high-reward option for the Commanders. Not having any immediate pressure to contribute is also something that can benefit Hall in the short term.

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