4 bold predictions for the Commanders 2023 NFL Draft

(Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) Ron Rivera
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Commanders’ first pick will be a TE

As previously stated, Eric Bieniemy is likely to be hugely influential in the Washington Commanders’ draft process this year. The respected coach has taken a big risk by leaving the Kansas City Chiefs, so his new employers would be wise to do everything in their power to ensure this is a final destination before finally becoming an NFL head coach.

Much has been made about how Bieniemy utilized tight ends on the Chiefs as part of his system alongside Andy Reid. While that might be down to having a supremely gifted performer in Travis Kelce, adopting the same approach in a different environment seems realistic.

The Commanders don’t have anything like Kelce. So if Bieniemy wants a potential difference-maker early in the draft, then it might take priority above all else when push comes to shove.

There is a general perception that the Commanders will select either a shutdown cornerback or offensive lineman at No. 16 overall. The prospect of trading down from No. 16 overall cannot be dismissed either given Ron Rivera’s track record.

Whichever way the Commanders go in terms of board standing, it wouldn’t be particularly shocking to see their first pick spent on a tight end. Dalton Kincaid and Michael Mayer are atop the list, with players such as Sam LaPorta, Darnell Washington, and Luke Musgrave also being touted as potential first-rounders.