Commanders News: Sale agreement, Emmanuel Forbes, Andre Jones, draft fallout
By Dean Jones
Which Washington Commanders' news stories are making headlines as the team's sale continues to progress encouragingly?
As players get to grips with what's expected during the voluntary portion of on-field OTAs, fans are eagerly awaiting official confirmation of Dan Snyder leaving town. Something that gets closer with every passing day ahead of a potential vote on May 22 at another batch of league owners' meetings.
Among the stories causing debate recently include Emmanuel Forbes' elite coverage skills, Andre Jones Jr. fulfilling his dream, the Commanders' draft getting criticism, and more details on how the sale process is playing out.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Story No. 1
Commanders draft receives criticism
While there were a few surprises surrounding the Washington Commanders' approach during the 2023 NFL Draft, it was a decent haul overall. However, this was not an opinion shared by Charles McDonald of Yahoo Sports, who gave Ron Rivera a D+ for his latest selections from the college ranks.
"This Commanders draft probably isn’t moving the needle on what’s going to be a mediocre team in 2023. Outside of (Emmanuel) Forbes, this draft class doesn’t feel like it has a chance to change what the Commanders have going on this year. This feels like a draft class that a future regime is going to have to nurture and foster. A coach in Ron Rivera that’s potentially on the hot seat needs more than what the Commanders have acquired."- Charles McDonald, Yahoo Sports
The grade does seem a little harsh and things like this are always done off the cuff before any prospect has participated in a single practice. Rivera's earned a level of trust from his previous drafts, so adopting a patient approach seems like the best course of action.