Grading every Commanders pick from the 2023 NFL Draft

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Commanders drafted Quan Martin

  • Defensive Back | Illinois Fighting Illi

To say this was surprising would be an understatement. Especially considering the Washington Commanders had already spent their first-round pick on a cornerback with shutdown potential.

Despite some outstanding offensive linemen there for the taking. Ron Rivera resisted the urge in favor of drafting Quan Martin, a formidable defensive back out of Illinois who looks like an outstanding scheme fit for Jack Del Rio’s system.

Again, this has position versatility written all over it. Martin can operate as a nickel cornerback, as a third safety, or perhaps even as a linebacker thanks to his willingness to make a significant difference against the run.

Martin plays physically and isn’t afraid to stamp his mark with supreme authority. There are some complications tracking the football downfield, which is why the prospect could be best suited to the slot upon examining his full body of work.

There is a lot to like about the disciplined nature of Martin’s production. He is rarely flustered, has decent instincts, and could even be used on blitz packages when the situation dictates.

Draft Grade: B-

This low-ish grade isn’t so much about the player. However, spurning the likes of O’Cyrus Torrence and John Michael Schmitz might be a major mistake if both prospects reach expectations.