Commanders CB Emmanuel Forbes praised by former GM
Emmanuel Forbes' talent and game-changing capabilities have never been in question. The cornerback has speed and rare instincts that cannot be taught, which are matched by poise beyond his years to make almost every turnover opportunity count.
The Washington Commanders were convinced enough in Forbes and his chances at the NFL level to take him No. 16 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft. It hasn't taken long for the Mississippi State standout to make his presence felt, with former general manager Scot McCloughan stating via Yahoo Sports and the Kevin Sheehan Show that he almost gave the defensive back a top-10 grade had it not been for his lack of true size.
"I thought he [Emmanuel Forbes] was the most gifted, being able to play press and play off. And the thing that’s unique about him playing press, you can well say he isn’t strong enough, he’s got good length, and he’s smart. He reminds me a lot of Richard Sherman, from the standpoint where he might not be the quickest, fastest, or have the most twitch, but the son of a gun is always in a play-making position, always gets his hands on the ball and when he does it’s an interception. It changes games."- Scot McCloughan via Yahoo Sports
Forbes has already added some weight and muscle mass, but putting too much on his frame might take away from what makes him such an exceptional talent. It's something the Commanders will be monitoring closely, but being compared to someone like Richard Sherman is a big-time bar to aim for as his career progresses.
Washington is currently giving Forbes a crash course in what it takes to become a successful NFL cornerback by going up against Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, Dyami Brown, and Jahan Dotson at OTAs. This is an experience that should serve him extremely well ahead of the regular season.