4 critical observations from Commanders 2023 rookie minicamp

Emmanuel Forbes
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K.J. Henry should help Commanders instantly

It's clear that the Washington Commanders think highly of K.J. Henry after trading up to secure his services at No. 137 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft. Just how involved the edge presence can be next season remains to be seen, but he laid down a good marker at the team's rookie minicamp in no uncertain terms.

Henry is a likable character and an energetic presence that other players gravitate towards. Perhaps more important was how well the edge rusher adjusted to a professional setting, putting his athletic attributes to good use and no doubt catching the eye of coaches in attendance.

This is a strong start from Henry. But no more than that.

How he performs against experienced offensive linemen throughout the preparation period will tell us more about whether he can impact matters as a rookie. This would also likely be from a rotational role given the overall strength of Washington's defensive front.

Another potential option is utilizing Henry as a 4-3 outside linebacker in obvious pass-rushing situations. Washington has a need at the second level and the former Clemson star certainly has the frame to occupy this type of role immediately.