3 Commanders who must hit the ground running at rookie minicamp

These Commanders must make a strong first impresson at rookie minicamp.
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Chigozie Anusiem - Commanders CB

When the Washington Commanders concluded their 2024 NFL Draft engagements, the recruitment wasn't done. Adam Peters immediately got to work on securing more potential rough diamonds from the undrafted free-agent pool. Something he managed to accomplish effectively with some intriguing players who could end up becoming contributors over time.

One of the more coveted names on the undrafted market was Chigozie Anusiem. The talented cornerback was projected to be a late-round selection but ended up falling through the cracks. The Commanders paid a hefty price to secure his services, giving him a $50,000 signing bonus and $300,000 fully guaranteed, which is a testament to their belief in the defensive back.

According to Tom Pelissero from the NFL Network, half the league was aiming to sign Anusiem after the draft. Looking at the physicality and athleticism he brings to the table, it's not hard to see why.

Anusiem thrives in press coverage. He's savvy and strong enough to knock wide receivers off their routes consistently. There's also a lot to like about his ability to track the football downfield and the aggression with which he lends support in the run game.

The former Colorado State standout needs to work on converting opportunities into turnovers to make an impression in the pros. Anusiem's footwork also needs to be polished, but he's in great hands thanks to the presence of Dan Quinn and Joe Whitt Jr. - two coaches renowned for helping defensive backs exceed initial goals.

The Commanders have some questions about their outside cornerback options following the struggles of Benjamin St-Juste and Emmanuel Forbes last time out. They'll get another chance to prove themselves under more accomplished coaching, but Anusiem has the athletic intangibles to give them a run for their money at the very least.

If Anusiem makes a strong early impression, he could raise enough eyebrows to compete for a rotational spot throughout the summer.