3 Commanders players that must unlock their true potential in 2023

Jamin Davis
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Jamin Davis - Commanders LB

The Washington Commanders thought a lot of Jamin Davis during their pre-draft process. Many were shocked when he was chosen as a first-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, but that did not detract from what a key addition this could become in a position of need.

Davis has gradually progressed over the last two seasons. While the former Kentucky standout hasn't blown anyone away with elite production, it's been steady enough, and going over 100 tackles is no mean feat.

Washington has done almost nothing to solidify the defensive second-level during the offseason. Cody Barton was brought in as a like-for-like replacement for Cole Holcomb, which could indicate Jack Del Rio will be implementing more two-linebacker sets during the 2023 campaign.

This piles more pressure on Davis to become the dominant force the Commanders hoped for when they selected him at No. 19 overall. His instincts are good, but there is a deficiency in coverage, and gap discipline against the run is something else that needs considerable work this offseason.

There is a general consensus that Year 3 is when players typically give a broader indication of what their long-term aspirations look like. Optimism remains about Davis aside from certain areas that need polishing, but we'll find out for sure during the 2023 season.