Tyrique Stevenson and Terell Smith combined for 15 tackles. Gervon Dexter Sr. had two quarterback pressures and a tipped pass. Zacch Pickens made a tackle inside. Darnell Wright held his own against a formidable defensive end. All in all, it was a pretty good night for the rookies.
Oh wait. Those are the Chicago Bears' rookies.
How did their Washington Commanders' counterparts do? Let’s take a look.
The top pick got benched after getting torched for the second straight week. Second pick? Didn’t see him out there. Third pick? Didn’t play. Fourth? Didn’t make the roster. Fifth and sixth? Inactive. Seventh? See the second pick.
It’s still very early and some of these players could certainly develop into quality pros. But five games into their first season, this is shaping up to be Washington’s least productive draft class in at least a decade.
It begins with Emmanuel Forbes, the talented cornerback who has struggled mightily the last two weeks. I’m still not too worried because he’s young and it’s early, but consider this:
Christian Gonzalez, Brian Branch, JuJu Brents, and D.J. Turner are all performing at a high level for their teams. All four cornerbacks were drafted after the Commanders took Forbes.
At least four other rookie corners, all drafted after Forbes, are starting or playing serious minutes for their teams, including the aforementioned Stevenson.
Washington is getting virtually nothing from its draft picks - especially its top two picks who were supposed to elevate the secondary. If you watched the Bears game, you will note that it hasn't.
To add insult to injury, a cornerback drafted by Washington did play a big game on Thursday. Greg Stroman, who could never stay healthy when he was in D.C., was a true monster of the midway for Chicago.