Best, worst, and realistic scenarios for every Commanders 2023 draft pick

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Ricky Stromberg
(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Ricky Stromberg /
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What are some best, worst, and most realistic scenarios for every Washington Commanders selection from the recent 2023 cycle?

By now, you’ve read all about the Washington Commanders’ newest players. You know that Ricky Stromberg’s high school mascot is the Redhawks, but it wasn’t always – see if you can guess what it used to be. You know that Chris Rodriguez, Jr. used to pretend he was Marshawn Lynch. You know that Emmanuel Forbes is tied with Frankie Albert and Devonta Smith as the second-lightest first-round draft picks ever. There’s nothing I can tell you that you don’t already know.

But you don’t know the future.

None of us know the future.

So today, let’s do some predicting. Here are scenarios – best-case, worst-case, and realistic – for each of the Commanders’ seven draftees.

Round No. 1

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) Emmanuel Forbes /

Emmanuel Forbes – Commanders CB

Realistic: Emmanuel Forbes begins the season as the third boundary cornerback behind Kendall Fuller and Benjamin St-Juste, seeing plenty of time in nickel and dime packages. Injuries eventually make him a starter and he retains that position for the remainder of the season.

He finishes with 700 defensive snaps, eight pass defenses, and is involved in three turnovers.

Best-case: Day 1 starter for the Washington Commanders, 1,000 snaps, seven interceptions with one pick-six, one blocked kick, and one other Ttouchdownon trick play or return.

Forbes wins NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year and gets a sponsorship deal promoting either a local restaurant or auto dealer.

Worst case: First game against the Philadelphia Eagles, A.J. Brown literally snaps him in half like Melba Toast.