Commanders News: Chase Young trade, draft day, CB riser and Sam Howell

(Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports) Chase Young
(Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports) Chase Young /
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Which Washington Commanders’ news stories are causing significant debate as the 2023 NFL Draft officially begins later this evening?

We are finally here. The 2023 NFL Draft begins just after 8 p.m. this evening and it promises to be a highly dramatic first round with almost no guarantees besides who the Carolina Panthers might pick at No. 1 overall.

Everything is on the table where the Washington Commanders are concerned. But the magnitude of this moment for Ron Rivera and his staff cannot be understated considering the pressure on the head coach heading into the new campaign.

Among the stories making the headlines on draft morning include what comes next for Chase Young, what to expect on draft day, a late cornerback riser touted, and Sam Howel’s future.

Let’s delve into each topic in more detail.

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(Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports) Ron Rivera /

Commanders draft day arrives

After weeks of speculation and rumors, the 2023 NFL Draft will begin tonight. For the Washington Commanders, it represents the last chance to strengthen problem position groups with almost no spare financial resources available on their salary cap.

The Commanders have eight picks throughout the seven-round process. Most analysts are projecting either an offensive lineman or a potential shutdown cornerback at No. 16 overall, although nothing has been ruled out by Ron Rivera, including trading back to acquire additional capital this year and next.

Strap yourselves in, it promises to be another rollercoaster ride. One that will go a long way to determining how successful the Commanders will be next time around.