5 concerning narratives the Commanders must change in 2024

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Slow emergence of Commanders draft picks

Over the last few draft classes, the Washington Commanders have been plagued by top picks taking too long to develop or not having an impact whatsoever. That was one of the primary catalysts behind Ron Rivera's demise.

Emmanuel Forbes was constantly bullied by bigger receivers throughout his rookie season in 2023 and was benched multiple times. He finished with only six starts on the year. Quan Martin - the team's second-round selection - only had five starting appearances.

Jahan Dotson had a decent rookie year before falling off a bit in his sophomore campaign. His impact was nowhere near the impact Terry McLaurin had in his first few seasons.

Washington's 2022 second-round pick, Phidarian Mathis, only played four snaps his rookie year before tearing his meniscus. The interior defensive lineman missed half of the 2023 campaign with injuries as well. Jamin Davis also struggled in his rookie year before making some strides over the next two.

With a new front office, the Commanders need this year's draft picks to get off to a fast start. Jayden Daniels - the young quarterback from LSU - needs to show if he can be the franchise savior this team has been looking for.

Johnny Newton, who many saw as a luxury pick, needs to prove the team was right in taking him instead of adding to the offensive line. Mike Sainristil needs to show he won't get bullied by larger receivers like Forbes did, but hopes are high regarding his prospects after a standout college career at Michigan.