Commanders deep dive: Is 2023 the worst draft class in franchise history?

It looks like another mixed bag on the draft front from the 2023 class...

Emmanuel Forbes
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It's too soon to judge Commanders 2023 draft class

The truth is, we don’t know enough about any of these players to pass judgment yet. Several may turn out to be studs. A new coaching staff could work wonders - something that is almost sure to arrive this offseason once the Washington Commanders finally put current head coach Ron Rivera out of his misery.

Or they could simply boot them all out the door and begin anew. Another notion that cannot be dismissed entirely with a fresh set of ideas and eyes coming into the Commanders.

Because here’s what we do know. In 2023, a pivotal year for this particular coaching staff, they got virtually nothing out of their draft class. And they could have gotten more. That is a damning indictment of personnel evaluation at the worst possible time.

For the record, Washington’s two worst draft classes came in 1944, when of the 30 players selected, none lasted in the league past 1950. There's also 2008 when Vinny Cerrato worked his magic and managed to turn four picks in the top 100 into nothing.

Several other Cerrato draft classes are in the running as are a few from the mid-‘60s (especially 1967), and 1992 (the Desmond Howard draft). We rule out the mid-‘70s because George Allen traded away all the picks.

Where will the 2023 class rank in the years to come? We don't know for sure just yet.

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