Commanders 7-round 2023 NFL mock draft: BPA edition

(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) Will Mallory
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Commanders draft Kenny McIntosh

  • Running Back | Georgia Bulldogs

While some believe that the Washington Commanders could shock the world and take Bijan Robinson at No. 16 overall, there are too many critical needs to fill before bringing another running back into the fold. Especially considering the team already has two capable ball carriers – Brian Robinson Jr. and Antonio Gibson – heading into the campaign.

With that being said, the Commanders cut J.D. McKissic with a failed physical designation, so Eric Bieniemy could use another option that can develop into a potential contributor. Especially one with outstanding pass-catching credentials coming out of the backfield.

Kenny McIntosh ticks all the boxes and would be a nice pickup at this stage of the draft. The former Georgia star played a secondary role during his time with the Bulldogs, but that does not detract from an exciting skill set that could thrive within Bieniemy’s new creative scheme.

McIntosh might not have elite speed, but he is an assured route-runner with soft hands., He became an outstanding security blanket for Stenson Bennett last season, gaining 1,334 all-purpose yards and 12 combined touchdowns along the way.

Another area where McIntosh excels is in pass protection. He is also a patient runner that can exploit gaps when they arrive, so this pick makes a ton of sense from the Commanders’ perspective following Bieniemy’s high-profile switch from the Kansas City Chiefs.