3 young offensive tackles with uncertain futures Commanders could sign in 2023
By Jonathan Eig
Commanders should monitor Jake Witt
Now we’re really talking athletic. Jake Witt transitioned from tight end to tackle at Northern Michigan and is still a raw prospect. But his measurables are off the charts. At 6-foot-7 and 301 pounds, he recorded a 4.89-second 40-yard dash time in college and had a 37-inch vertical.
The Indianapolis Colts were supposed to have one of the best offensive lines in the league in 2022. It didn’t work out that way. In fact, it was so bad that they enter 2023 with two new quarterbacks and a new coaching staff.
They also have a new tackle, after taking BYU’s Blake Freeland in the fourth round of the 2023 NFL Draft. He projects to be the Colts' swing tackle this year, which likely means a prospect like Witt is headed for the practice squad.
Witt began his athletic career as a standout basketball player in high school. There’s no telling how the player might have developed had he remained at tight end.
Injuries forced him to switch to the offensive line in college. Witt is still essentially learning the position. Given the right coaching, he could develop into a genuine diamond in the rough in another year or two.
He can even line up at the tight end spot for the Washington Commanders if guys like Logan Thomas and John Bates just aren’t big enough for you.