4 Commanders players who could ruffle feathers at 2023 training camp

Could these Commanders players ruffle feathers at training camp in 2023?
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K.J. Henry - Commanders DE/OLB

The Washington Commanders have an abundance of game-wreckers along their defensive front. If Chase Young stays healthy and Montez Sweat takes another step forward in a contract year, their defensive line will be the NFL's best beyond any doubt.

While that is going to help in 2023, what comes after that is less certain. Young and Sweat are both looking for new deals next spring and although not impossible, keeping both around on mammoth salaries does seem unlikely all things considered.

That's why the Commanders added two more young edge rushers during the 2023 NFL Draft. The most intriguing of these is K.J. Henry, whose father is a lifelong Washington fan and arrives at the NFL level on the back of a productive college career with the Clemson Tigers.

At 6-foot-5 and 251 pounds, the rookie could become a situational pass-rusher at defensive end or perhaps even outside linebacker if the Commanders feel like he has the tools. Henry's athleticism and ability to set the edge make this transition worth trying at training camp if nothing else.

If Henry does enough to ruffle a few feathers, then a prominent spot on the defensive rotation should follow. There is some work to do and the player didn't muster anything more than rotational reps in college, but he was a top-10 high school prospect nationwide for a reason and has the physical profile to improve exponentially under NFL-caliber coaching.