Commanders draft Ja'Tavion Sanders
- Tight End | Texas Longhorns
- No. 41 overall
Finding more consistency in the passing game is also a primary objective for the Washington Commanders this offseason. Hopes were high for the skill positions following the introduction of Eric Bieniemy as the team's play-caller. Unfortunately, very few have come close to meeting expectations.
Terry McLaurin continues to be consistent amid the chaos. Curtis Samuel's shown enough to suggest another decent contract extension could arrive in Washington or elsewhere. As for the rest? It's been underwhelming. To say the least.
Logan Thomas looks like a prime salary-cap-cut candidate. The veteran is eager to savor the moment during what could be his final game in a Washington uniform this weekend. After that, one would expect a parting of the ways as the Commanders' new regime looks for a more explosive pass-catcher at the tight-end position.
If this is the chosen path, Ja'Tavion Sanders should be high on the shortlist. While the gifted weapon was underutilized in Texas' college football playoff loss against Washington, it doesn't detract from what a supreme playmaker he could become at the next level.
Sanders is a polished route-runner with the burst to match. He creates separation using sharp cuts and impressive body positioning. The prospect also makes contested catches look easy - something the Commanders have desperately lacked in recent years.
While he offers little as a blocker, the Commanders have John Bates to fill those duties.