Ranking every Commanders position group before the 2024 NFL Draft

Some positions look stronger than others.
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How is the Washington Commanders roster shaping up with the all-important 2024 NFL Draft on the immediate horizon?

This week marks the fulcrum between free agency and the draft. At the very least, we can take a Midrost peak at where the Washington Commanders roster stands at this auspicious moment.

Quick caution - it’s not a pretty picture right now. Adam Peters has invested quite a bit into the upcoming draft. Whether he makes deals or not, he has a lot of ammunition with which to rebuild.

He was not impressed with the options already around. The Commanders had the second-worst record in the NFL in 2023, and the general manager made virtually no effort to retain their most high-profile free agents. He dealt away Sam Howell, whose presence on the roster was the only thing that made it possible to even imagine Peters would not draft a quarterback in the first round.

To date, Peters has brought in 19 new players and re-signed four members of last year’s squad. He has released more than a half dozen starters from last year as well. Of the new signees, Frankie Luvu and Tyler Biadasz look to be solid starters for at least five years to come. Others - Bobby Wagner and Zach Ertz - are veterans who hopefully have at least one more productive season.

Many of the others are depth pieces. Some may start, and many constitute upgrades over last season, but they remain mostly backup options. Peters will look for his stars in the draft.

Ahead of the selection process, we ranked every Commanders' position group.

10. Commanders CBs

This is a nightmare right now. The Washington Commanders had one quality cornerback in 2023 and they let him leave during free agency without much of a fight.

The two projected starters on the perimeter - Emmanuel Forbes and Benjamin St-Juste - were high draft picks of the previous regime who have great length and speed. They do make plays. But they have both been woefully inconsistent and have been victimized far too often. Washington signed a lot of veteran corners over the last few weeks. None have proven to be reliable, starting-caliber performers.

Joe Whitt, Jr. worked wonders with the Dallas Cowboys, transforming one of the worst defensive backfields into one of the best almost overnight. He will need to do it again this season. Washington will almost certainly be looking for help at cornerback in the middle of the draft.