10 cornerbacks the Commanders could select in the 2023 NFL Draft
By Dean Jones
Commanders could draft Emmanuel Forbes
Emmanuel Forbes is the definition of a ballhawk. He might be slight in terms of build, but that does not detract from his eye-popping set of athletic attributes and proven production in the SEC.
Forbes is ultra-fast, tracks the ball extremely well, and turns chances into turnovers at the drop of a hat. He’s not the biggest – which could be a problem against more physically-imposing NFL wide receivers – but it hasn’t bothered the one-time Mississippi State star throughout his career to date and should be on the Washington Commanders’ list of possibilities.
Commanders could draft Kelee Ringo
Another prospect that the Commanders are reportedly keen on is Kelee Ringo. Once regarded as the best cornerback in the 2023 class, a supposed down year with the national champion Georgia Bulldogs last season saw him drop from a top 10 candidate to somewhere in the late-first, early-second round category.
Ringo has the size and scope to become a prolific NFL player capable of impacting the game in all phases. But what Washington must figure out is whether the player’s production downturn last season was a one-off or the start of a concerning trend.
Commanders could draft Cam Smith
If the Commanders wait until Day 2 to find a new cornerback, then Cam Smith enters the equation. The latest in a long line of productive defensive backs from South Carolina, he has strength in abundance and enough fluidity in his movements to become a decent option immediately in the right fit.
Smith matches this with incredible straight-line speed. However, there are some injury concerns – especially with concussions – that must be investigated further before any team takes the plunge.
But in terms of talent, Smith has it all.