For NFL fans who remember those vaunted Eagles defenses with Brian Dawkins and Jeremiah Trotter leading the way, you're about to feel even older. Trotter's son is now one of the better linebackers in all of college football and figures to come in and have immediate success in the NFL. The Clemson standout has been ranked as high as the no. 2 linebacker in his class prior to the season.
In the third round, at pick no. 70, Washington gets a staple in their defense with Jeremiah Trotter Jr. Having the skills to excel against both the run and in coverage, Trotter is an attractive prospect who, quite frankly, should go higher than this. But, for now, the Commanders get one of the best linebackers in the draft here in the third round.
The Commanders will see Curtis Samuel venture into free agency after this year, but easily replace him here with Western Kentucky's Malachi Corley. The 5-foot-10 wide receiver can be used in a variety of ways, but his best attribute is gaining yards after the catch. Whether he's getting the ball on a bubble screen or a slant across the middle, Corley finds a way to move the sticks and make big plays.
Over his last two seasons, Corley has totaled over 2,200 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns to date. The 5-foot-10 receiver figures to be a real weapon as a pro, so long as he's used in a smart offensive system.