What would you say is the Washington Commanders’ most significant need heading into the offseason?
Quarterback, offensive line and cornerback frequently come up as Washington’s top needs
. However, picking at No. 16, it’s doubtful the Commanders will be able to land one of the draft’s top four passers.
With head coach Ron Rivera entering his fourth season in 2023 — a must-win season —
it’s doubtful that Rivera will give up more draft picks for a quarterback who may not be able to help him next season.
There’s also the fact that the Commanders have told prospective offensive coordinator candidates that the plan is for Sam Howell to compete for the starting quarterback position in 2023.
If that’s the plan, Washington will likely be in on the veteran quarterback market, which could mean Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett, Andy Dalton, or the return of Taylor Heinicke.
The cornerback position may be the deepest in the 2023 NFL draft. Players like Joey Porter Jr., Christian Gonzalez, Kelee Ringo,
Cam Smith and Devin Witherspoon are all likely first-round picks. Other corners could land in the first round, too.
Picking at No. 16, Washington is guaranteed one of these corners.
The 6-foot-2 Gonzalez is often matched with the Commanders in many mock drafts.
While cornerback isn’t as big of a need as the offensive line, Washington needs another starting-level outside cornerback.
And free agency hasn’t always proven to be the best route in finding those players [see William.