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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Andre Jones Jr. - Commanders DE/OLB

  • Edge Rusher | Louisiana Rajin' Cajuns
  • No. 233 overall

He had the chance to emulate James Smith-Williams and Casey Toohill as a seventh-round success story, but Andre Jones Jr. couldn't get on the stat sheet enough. There were moments, like breaking up three passes, but not enough impact as a pass-rusher.

He's got the physical attributes to rush the edge as either a traditional defensive end or a standup outside linebacker. That kind of flexibility could endear Jones to whoever takes over as the next head coach. Or more pertinently, whoever becomes the new defensive coordinator.

Nothing is set in stone about the Washington Commanders sticking with a 4-3 defensive front. A 3-4 alignment might work better. It might also help Jones stay on the roster.

Draft Grade: D

Three, maybe four players contributing might save the 2023 class from a place among the worst draft hauls in franchise history. A lot will depend on how the next coaching staff deals with the few raw talents the Commanders managed to find a year ago.

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