Quan Martin – Commanders DB
Realistic: 500 combined defense/special teams snaps for the Washington Commanders in 2023. 25 tackles. One interception. Emerging as a true difference-maker for a secondary that looks much-improved on paper from the previous campaign.
Best case: Starting nickel cornerback. 700 snaps, four interceptions, and 70 tackles.
Worst case: Quan Martin turns into Su’a Cravens – though if I’m being honest, Su’a Cravens is pretty much always the worst-case scenario. But it’s appropriate here since it’s the same position in the same round.
Ricky Stromberg – Commanders OL
Realistic: Ricky Stromberg starts six games at center or guard for the Commanders and heads into 2024 as the presumptive starter at one of the three interior line spots. Something the team desperately needs for long-term stability across their protection.
Best case: Starting center. 1,000 offensive snaps. Brian Robinson Jr. rushes for 1,400 yards. Makes Jalen Carter and Mazi Smith look ordinary. Some lofty goals indeed.
Worst case: Stromberg becomes Keith Ismael. A situation that would be nothing short of disastrous for the Commanders considering the prospects they ignored in the second round to land Quan Martin.