5 offensive tackles the Commanders could select in the 2023 NFL Draft
By Dean Jones
Commanders could draft Jaelyn Duncan
If the Washington Commanders decide to focus their attention on improving other positional groups early in the 2023 NFL Draft, then examining some Day 2 prospects for potential value is a must. There could be one or two decent options available at this juncture, although it is a much deeper class for interior offensive linemen than on the edge all things considered.
Still, the Commanders could take a look at Jaelyn Duncan in this scenario. The former Maryland stud is a disciplined edge protector with an NFL-ready frame, which makes this an intriguing value pick if those in power decide on a potential shutdown cornerback at No. 16 overall.
Duncan is one of the most experienced tackles in this year’s class. There aren’t many holes in the prospect’s performance levels, with long arms and a strong core enabling him to make a difference against the run or in pass sets frequently.
Another standout feature of Duncan’s play is mobility. The Terrapins often used him in motion, pulling the tackle on edge runs where he went looking for work at the second level.
Once Duncan improves areas such as balance and footwork, someone is going to have a real player on their hands. If the Commanders could get him in the third round, it might allow the incoming rookie to sit behind Charles Leno Jr. and Andrew Wylie in a rotational role next season before emerging into a potential starter.