4 Commanders players fighting for their starting status after 2023 NFL Draft

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Which Washington Commanders players are fighting for their starting status after the team's recent selections during the 2023 NFL Draft?

The Washington Commanders will be integrating plenty of new faces after picking up seven prospects via the 2023 NFL Draft. While many in the widespread media have been critical of Ron Rivera's approach throughout the process, the head coach filled key needs and added more position versatility, which is something he obviously cherishes.

Some will be counted upon more than others, of course. There's also the prospect of an undrafted free agent or two coming to the fore and potentially securing roster spots along the way.

This obviously lays down the gauntlet to current roster members. Some are heading to the 53-man bubble while others are in threat of losing their starting jobs depending on what transpires throughout the preparation period.

With this in mind, here are four Commanders players fighting for their starting status after the 2023 NFL Draft.

Player No. 1

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David Mayo - Commanders LB

As it stands according to ESPN's depth chart, David Mayo is slotted as the starting outside linebacker opposite Jamin Davis. The Washington Commanders run plenty of sets featuring just two linebackers, which is something defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio could deploy again next season looking at the team's current options.

If Mayo stays in the role heading into camp, K.J. Henry looks like the sort of player that could potentially push for the job. The Clemson product is fast, mobile, and disciplined against the run - traits that Del Rio likes in all his contributors at the second level.