Commanders draft Adisa Isaac
- Edge Rusher | Penn State Nittany Lions
- No. 100 overall
Trading Chase Young and Montez Sweat before the deadline was the first major roster personnel decision that Josh Harris' ownership group influenced. It was done with the future in mind. It also completely negated any pass-rush the Washington Commanders had once the moves became official.
There was almost no pressure consistently after Young and Sweat departed. Those lower down the depth chart couldn't rise to the occasion. Aside from rookie fifth-rounder K.J. Henry's promise, it was largely disappointing.
The Commanders will look to rectify this as a matter of urgency this offseason. They boast enough in the way of financial flexibility to get an immediate veteran contributor or two in free agency. Adding another physically imposing prospect via the 2024 NFL Draft is another viable route with the wealth of resources at their disposal.
Penn State is developing a reputation for developing explosive pass-rushers who make their presence felt at the NFL level. Two more are coming out this year in the form of Chop Robinson and Adisa Isaac. The latter looks like a tremendous value pick at this stage of the draft.
Isaac's leaped forward this season. He's refined his pass-rushing moves and improved gap discipline. Something that's reflected in his 7.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss throughout the campaign.
Adding some bulk to cope with the extra physicality would help his transition. If Isaac can accomplish this, there's a lot to like about his chances of making an instant impact on the Commanders' defensive rotation.