Ranking the last 10 Commanders first-round NFL Draft picks

It's been a mixed bag overall...
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Ranking the last 10 first-round Washington Commanders draft picks as they prepare for a monumentally important selection process in 2024.

The Washington Commanders are gearing up for one of the most important drafts in franchise history. One that could either springboard their exciting new era to great things or leave them fighting a losing battle.

Of course, this all starts with the quarterback position. It's the hottest topic of discussion right now, but nothing has been decided as yet and the Commanders are unlikely to show their hand right up until they go on the clock at No. 2 overall. That's the way Adam Peters goes about his business, which is far more professional than anything experienced in Washington when Dan Snyder held absolute power.

Getting first-round picks right can be a minefield of sorts. There are no guarantees whatsoever when it comes to the draft, but hitting in Round No. 1 sure helps struggling teams get back to prominence quicker than anticipated.

Before we focus on the future, we ranked the last 10 first-round selections made by the Commanders. To do this, we took into account the impact made, longevity, their eventual role with the organization, and any potential they have left.

10. Dwayne Haskins

  • Quarterback | Ohio State Buckeyes
  • No. 15 overall | 2019 NFL Draft

There's not a lot to say about Dwayne Haskins that hasn't already been said. It wasn't his fault Dan Snyder pulled rank and took the former Ohio State quarterback higher than expected. It wasn't his fault he was under a lame-duck head coach as a rookie. In the end, his fate with the now-Washington Commanders seemed inevitable almost from the moment he was drafted.

Haskins tragically lost his life at just 24 years old. A sad end for someone held in the highest regard by his peers despite things not clicking once he got to the professional level.