8 prospects the Commanders must target on Day 2 of 2023 NFL Draft

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Which prospects could the Washington Commanders have their sights on during what promises to be a fascinating Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft?

Day 1 of the 2023 NFL Draft is in the books. And we have a little trivia question for you.

Who is the only first-round pick in the history of the draft to weigh less than the Washington Commanders’ pick at No. 16 overall, Emmanuel Forbes?

Hint: A major college award is named for him. To find the answer, you have to read all the way to the end. Sorry.

The Commanders enter Day 2 with two selections –numbers 47 and 97. Here are four potential second-rounders and four potential third-rounders to keep an eye on.

Prospect No. 1

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Commanders could draft Steve Avila

  • Offensive Line | TCU Horned Frogs

If Steve Avila were to slide to the Washington Commanders in the second round, I think they’d snap him up before ESPN’s draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. was done talking about the previous pick.

Avila is a powerhouse who can move and would be a Day 1 starter. The former TCU star is a bit raw, but he has the potential to develop into the best interior lineman in the draft.

Another impressive element of Avila’s contribution is leadership. He was a respected presence within the Horned Frogs’ locker room during their memorable run to the college football national championship game and communicates extremely well on the field pre-snap.