The Washington Commanders are entering a new era of the franchise as owner Dan Snyder gets prepared to sell the team. The Commanders will have picks no. 16 and 47 in the first two rounds this year. The mock draft season is almost over, so let’s see who the experts have them taking ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft.
First round consensus
Kiper/McShay dueling mock: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
Peter King: Brian Branch, S, Alabama
Matt Miller: Joey Porter, Jr., CB, Penn State
Ryan Wilson: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
PFF: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
Adam Caplan: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
Chad Reuter: Joey Porter, Jr., CB, Penn State
The team plans to let Sam Howell take over under center, and three mock drafts have the Commanders taking a tackle to protect their investment. Tennessee OT Darnell Wright is viewed by many as the best tackle in the draft and could be a mainstay on the offensive line. Aside from the lineman, most have them selecting a defensive back. Maryland CB Deonte Banks has been rising up the draft boards, so don’t be surprised if he is the selection or if he is even gone before they pick at No. 16.
Second round consensus
In the second round, it’s a mixed bag of choices for the Commanders. One mock draft has them adding another weapon for Howell in Oregon State TE Luke Musgrave. He is one of the best TE in the class and will likely be a part of the run ton the position that begins in the second round. Ringo is another DB prospect they could consider, but his stock has fallen drastically from where it was at one point during the college football season.