3 Commanders that could be cut before playing a snap in 2023

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Andre Jones Jr. - Commanders DE/OLB

Despite the presence of Eric Bieniemy following his bombshell switch from the Kansas City Chiefs, it didn't stop those in power within the Washington Commanders from focusing heavily on defense early during the 2023 NFL Draft. Their first two selections were defensive backs and after the offensive line was bolstered, attention turned to adding more pass-rushers given the upcoming contract dilemmas surrounding Chase Young and Montez Sweat.

The Commanders spent their final selection on edge rusher Andre Jones Jr. Again, this is a highly-athletic individual with position versatility - something that's become the hallmark of Ron Rivera's tenure with the organization regarding recruitment.

Jones is explosive and has some upside from a physical makeup. But this is arguably the deepest position group on the Commanders and something that represents a tough challenge for those lower down the pecking order.

One thing Jones does have going for him is that seventh-round selections under Rivera tend to go through onto the roster more often than not, In Kamren Curl's case, progressed even further than that to become an integral part of the team's long-term plans.

All Jones can do is lean on advice from experienced figures, be a willing learner under the Commanders' coaching staff, and take full advantage of preseason reps when they arrive. Even if he is cut without playing a snap, those in power might look to bring him back onto the practice squad if nobody else snaps him up first.