3 attainable Commanders objectives during the 2023 NFL Draft
By Dean Jones
Commanders must fortify the OL
While the Washington Commanders have made slight upgrades to their offensive line this offseason, it’s not enough to guarantee genuine improvements in 2023. Therefore, maintaining a sense of urgency surrounding recruits for their protection is essential when the NFL Draft rolls around.
Again, it would be wise for the Commanders to address this relatively early in the process. However, some value could also be had given how deep the class looks on the interior offensive line.
As stated previously, the Commanders must do everything in their power to give Eric Bieniemy everything he needs. Having stable protection should also greatly assist Sam Howell or Jacoby Brissett depending on which quarterback wins the starting job.
Washington’s taken plenty of interest in some offensive linemen expected to go in the first two days. Darnell Wright could be a candidate at No. 16, although there’s also a chance he goes higher given how many teams are reportedly coveting the former Tennessee tackle.
If the Commanders can emerge from this draft with one or two capable Day 1 starters, it makes potential salary-cap casualties such as Chase Roullier, Cornelius Lucas, and Andrew Norwell surplus to requirements. Not exactly a bad thing looking at their recent production.