3 growing Commanders concerns heading into the 2023 NFL Draft

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Commanders happiness with OL options

Even though there is a general belief among fans that the Washington Commanders need much more on their offensive line in 2023, that might not be a notion head coach Ron Rivera agrees with. His recent comments at the NFL owners’ meetings stated as much, which stemmed from two decent-looking arrivals in the form of Nick Gates and Andrew Wylie.

Both veterans are expected to start next season. If the Commanders switch Sam Cosmi to the right guard position and keep Charles Leno Jr. as the left tackle, then Rivera might feel like that’s enough if someone steps up to become a more capable presence at left guard.

Rivera seems pleased with the depth and upgrades made. Even if ignoring the protection entirely during the 2023 NFL Draft would be incredibly foolish looking at the team’s current options.

"“We made a concerted effort during free agency to go out and fortify the line. Add some depth to the line. Add some competition. We have some guys that are also position flex guys, so it’ll give us an opportunity to see the best places to have these guys and integrate them with the guys that are currently on the roster.”"

If the Commanders don’t bring in another capable starter from the college ranks, it’s not hard to see where the problems could emerge. Especially considering the likes of Chase Roullier and Andrew Norwell might be salary-cap casualties in the near future.

Regardless of whether the Commander stick or twist, the offensive line consistency must improve if Sam Howell or Jacoby Brissett want to stand any chance of making a better go of things under center.