Commanders draft Cade Stover
- Tight End | Ohio State Buckeyes
- No. 102 overall
In addition to finding a capable wide receiver or two this offseason, the Washington Commanders also need a young, athletic tight-end prospect capable of making a difference in the passing game. Logan Thomas has been serviceable, but the veteran looks like a prime cut candidate looking at the financial implications compared to his overall influence.
Curtis Hodges was on the roster all season but barely featured. Cole Turner didn't make the strides needed after showing promise during the preseason. John Bates looks like a blocking specialist who should have a role to play under Adam Peters and the new coaching regime.
While others on the Ohio State offense generate more headlines, Cade Stover's contribution shouldn't be overlooked by the Commanders' talent evaluators during their upcoming assessments. He's a dependable presence across the middle. His route running is still developing well after making the transition from linebacker. More importantly, the prospect is a big-bodied asset in the red zone with 10 touchdowns over his last two seasons.
Stover gets upfield quickly. He knows how to put his frame to good use in contested catch situations. There is some work ahead to improve the player's blocking, but the Commanders would be wise to give him serious consideration if he's still available at this stage of the draft.