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Where are the Commanders drafting in the first round after Week 16? Who might they pick in 2023 NFL Draft?

We look at Commanders’ draft position after this week and break down who they may select in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Drake Maye #10 of the North Carolina Tar Heels drops back to pass during the first half of the game against the NC State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium on November 25, 2023 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Photo by Lance King/Getty Images

The Washington Commanders’ season hasn’t gone the way they expected, but the good news is that there is hope on the horizon. Since they own their pick, they are looking at a top pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. This could allow the team to continue in its franchise turnaround as they rebuild their roster and likely coaching staff. Washington got some help from other teams and improved their pick in Week 15.

Commanders draft order: 3rd pick

1.01: Chicago Bears (via Carolina Panthers)
1.02: Arizona Cardinals
1.03: Chicago Bears
1.04: New England Patriots
1.05: New York Giants
1.06: Los Angeles Chargers
1.07: Tennessee Titans

The New England Patriots beat the Denver Broncos in Week 16. The upset win was a hype moment for the team, but the long-term effect has them moving down in the projected draft order. There are two weeks left in the regular season, so more movement could happen, but for now, Washington is picking No. 3. This would give them some flexibility. They could move up one spot to guarantee that they can pick a franchise quarterback, they can move back for a team that wants a top wide receiver if Washington doesn’t, and they can then take the best player available while stocking draft capital.

Commanders mock draft: Potential first-round pick

1.03 — Drake Maye, UNC. Quarterback

This pick was made assuming that no trades were on the table. Meaning that not only does Washington stay put but so does Chicago ahead of them. If this were the case, I think that the Bears can’t pass up Caleb Williams. Additionally, the Cardinals would take the best wide receiver on the board in Marvin Harrison Jr. and keep Kyler Murray under center. This would have UNC QB Drake Maye fall right into Washington’s lap.

Maye would join a quarterback room with fellow Tar Hell Sam Howell, who Maye backed up as a freshman. He played in 30 career games and combined for 8,018 passing yards with 63 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Maye isn’t much of a runner but added 1,209 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground.

If they choose not to go with Maye and stay put, other options would include LSU WR Malik Nabers, Notre Dame OT Joe Alt and Penn State OT Olu Fashanu.