Commanders News: Draft grade, Andre Jones, Ron Rivera and Emmanuel Forbes

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) Ron Rivera
(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) Ron Rivera /
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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as players formally begin their first on-field workouts of the preparation period today?

As the dust finally settles on the 2023 NFL Draft, attention immediately turns to the first batch of on-field workouts beginning on Monday. This is a chance for the Washington Commanders to start laying the foundations for what will hopefully become a profitable campaign for the organization next time around.

Among the news stories making headlines recently include Andre Jones Jr.’s willingness to assist in any capacity, Mel Kiper Jr. gives moderate grade for the Commanders’ draft, Emmanuel Forbes on his weight and durability concerns, and Ron Rivera’s happiness with Chris Rodriguez Jr. – the team’s new power running back.

Let’s delve into each topic in more detail.

Story No. 1

(Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports) Andre Jones Jr. /

Andre Jones Jr. ready to help Commanders

The Washington Commanders used their final selection of the 2023 NFL Draft on Andre Jones Jr. at No. 233 overall. While he is listed as a linebacker, the former Louisiana standout has the physical profile normally associated with an edge rusher at the next level and is likely to be deployed as such.

While attaining prominent reps might be difficult initially given the strength across Washington’s defensive front, Jones stated via the team’s website that he is willing to assist in whatever way possible. He also has the position versatility that Ron Rivera loves in his college recruits.

"“Anywhere they need me, I’m very versatile. You can put me inside put me outside. I bring the energy everywhere I go at any position.”"

Jones was relatively unheralded throughout the pre-draft process. But there’s a lot to like about his potential to impact the rotation moving forward providing strides are made during the upcoming preparation period.