Re-grading the Commanders 2023 NFL Draft class after one season

Ron Rivera's no longer head coach of the Washington Commanders for a variety of reasons, but the poor returns from the team's 2023 NFL Draft class are one of the biggest.

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Ricky Stromberg and Braeden Daniels are still mysteries

Using a pair of mid-round picks on reinforcements for the offensive line looked like a smart move. It was a smart move, save for the pesky detail that neither third-rounder Ricky Stromberg nor fourth-round pick Braeden Daniels made a dent on the field.

Former Arkansas interior mauler Stromberg appeared in just four games with no starts. Daniels wasn't nearly as active, landing on injured reserve back in August.

His ability to play guard or tackle would have made Daniels an invaluable swing backup across the front five. He would likely have seen the field given how much the Washington Commanders' starting road-graders struggled.

However, there's also a chance Daniels wouldn't have made the 53-man roster if healthy given how much the player struggled during his first training camp with the franchise.

Perhaps there is still something to salvage from Stromberg and Daniels. But it wouldn't be a shock if neither was on the roster next season with a new regime coming into the fold.

Draft Grade: D-