10 underrated moves the Commanders made in 2023 offseason

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Commanders re-signed Efe Obada

Even though the Washington Commanders are getting Chase Young back into the starting lineup after an injury-hit 2022 season, banking on the edge rusher staying healthy for a full 17-game slate is a gamble. Especially considering how the last two years have gone for the once-generational prospect out of Ohio State.

Therefore, maintaining solid depth at the defensive end spot was of paramount importance. This was also recognized by those in power, who re-signed Efe Obada to a one-year deal after the versatile lineman shone from a rotational role upon reuniting with head coach Ron Rivera.

Obada can operate anywhere on the defensive line and also has a decent body of work producing numbers when called upon. He might not even be a prominent starter, but the Nigerian-born player has carved out a niche for himself and has Rivera's full trust.

Commanders drafted Quan Martin

Many fans expected the Commanders to address their offensive line once dynamic cornerback Emmanuel Forbes became their choice at No. 16 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft. But head coach Ron Rivera had other ideas, taking another defensive back in the form of Quan Martin at No. 47.

This was a head-scratcher, but it shouldn't detract from the outstanding attributes Martin brings to the table. He is fast, aggressive, and physical, offering the position versatility to help on the backend or as a nickel cornerback with a smooth transition.

Ignoring some top interior linemen prospects was a big call by Rivera. But if Martin gives Washngton's defense another injection of quality, nobody will be complaining all that much.