Commanders 7-round 2023 NFL mock draft: New era edition

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Commanders draft Josh Whyle

  • Tight End | Cincinnati Bearcats

Finding quality production from the tight-end position has been a difficult task for the Washington Commanders in recent seasons. Something that could lead the organization into identifying a top-level prospect depending on how the board plays out.

With that being said, there remains hope that the likes of Cole Turner and Armani Rogers can excel thanks to Eric Bieniemy calling the shots. Logan Thomas’ presence is another potential positive, although he’ll need to quash some ongoing doubters in pursuit of a prominent role.

This is widely considered to be one of the deepest tight-end draft classes in recent memory. Josh Whyle is one of the more unheralded but could become a low-risk, high-reward option late on Day 3 if Washington gets the chance.

A savvy route runner, Whyle was a solid performer at Cincinnati over the last three years. He was a significant contributor to the Bearcats’ memorable run to the college football playoffs in 2021, displaying the ability to impact proceedings all over the field when opportunities arose.

Whyle has no trouble being physical on contested catches and can create separation in press situations quickly. His awareness needs to improve – especially as a pass-blocker – but his long arms and overall frame indicate growth can arrive quickly in the right fit.

The Commanders have nothing to lose by giving Whyle a shot at this juncture. Something that would only enhance competition in the tight end room during a fascinating upcoming training camp.

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