Commanders draft Junior Colson
- Linebacker | Michigan Wolverines
- No. 137 overall
Bringing in upgrades at the linebacker position is a priority for the Washington Commanders in the weeks and months ahead. This was another area that didn't get the necessary investment during Ron Rivera's tenure. Unsurprisingly, the performance levels across the group reflected that more often than not.
Jamin Davis aside, the unit was lackluster. The former first-round pick is also entering the final year of his deal if the Commanders don't pick up his fifth-year option. Something that looks entirely possible when one considers Adam Peters and the new hires have no emotional attachment to their decision-making process whatsoever.
Acquiring a veteran in free agency is an absolute must. The Commanders could also do far worse than look in the direction of a national college football championship winner who recently declared for the 2024 NFL Draft.
Junior Colson was a tackling machine for Michigan in 2023. He led the team comfortably. He's got 196 tackles over the last two years. His instincts and ability to reach the point of contact quickly stood out almost from start to finish throughout the campaign.
There is a need to rein in Colson's aggressiveness to avoid getting exposed. His pass-rushing needs refinement and he needs to find better ways to shed blockers at the second level. That said, there are a lot of positives to build upon once he reaches the pros.