3 critical observations ahead of the Commanders 2023 NFL Draft

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Eric Bieniemy will be influential in the Commanders’ draft

The Washington Commanders pulled off a major coup by landing Eric Bieniemy this off-season. What’s important now is giving the team’s new assistant head coach/offensive coordinator everything he needs to be successful in a different environment.

Bieniemy is looking to prove beyond all doubt he has what it takes to become a future NFL head coach. Not only does he have full control of Washington’s offense, but the respected coach has also been given the freedom to form his own staff and also possesses a leading voice in offensive recruitment for good measure.

The Commanders have invested some heavy draft capital in their defense over recent years. While a few holes remain on that side of the football, don’t be surprised if Bieniemy’s influence leads to a more offense-focused draft from Washington over the big weekend.

There’s a lot to like about the skill position options. The offensive line could use one or two immediate contributors, with Sam Howell and Jacoby Brissett set to compete for the starting quarterback job unless a drastic change in thought process emerges during the draft.

However, if Bieniemy feels like certain prospects can fit better within his scheme, nothing can be dismissed. The coach took a leap of faith by joining the Commanders, so it’s vital for the organization to maximize his time with the team before he gets an opportunity to lead an NFL franchise.