2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Washington Commanders draft analysis, needs, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach
NFL Draft 2022: Washington Commanders Draft Analysis
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Washington Commanders Draft Picks: NFL Draft 2022
1 (16) WR Jahan Dotson, Penn State
2 (47) DT Phidarian Mathis, Alabama
3 (98) RB Brian Robinson, Alabama
4 (113) S Percy Butler, Louisiana
5 (144) QB Sam Howell, North Carolina
5 (149) TE Cole Turner, Nevada
7 (230) OG Chris Paul, Tulsa
7 (240) CB Christian Holmes, Oklahoma State
Washington Commanders Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022
– It’s an interesting draft that’s solid, but not sensational … maybe. Did the Commanders really need a running back? Sort of, but Brian Robinson is a luxury pick in the third round. He’s good, but that wasn’t a need. Did they need a defensive tackle? Phidarian Mathis is a big Bama run stopper, but again, that’s not solving a problem other than upgrading the talent. However …
– Washington needs a better passing game, and it needs another option other than Carson Wentz. Taking Jahan Dotson at the 16 was a little early – and over Traylon Burks – but there’s no complaint. And then there’s the fantastic value get of Sam Howell with the first pick in the fifth round. If he turns into the starting QB in the near future, this draft works.
– There wasn’t anything for the linebacking corps, and the defense as a whole didn’t get much of anything other than Mathis. This is the upgrade the O draft – at least it needs to be.
Washington Commanders Best Value Pick, Biggest Reach, Late Flier: 2022 NFL Draft
Best Value Pick: 5 (144) QB Sam Howell, North Carolina
Biggest Reach: 4 (113) S Percy Butler, Louisiana
Late Flier That Might Work: (149) TE Cole Turner, Nevada
Washington Commanders Draft Needs, Pre-Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022
– The Commanders are in a sweet spot for their draft needs. They need a cornerback, and a great option should slide to them in the first round. There’s an off chance that Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton could slip just enough to be there, but they’ll more likely go after whatever top corner is on the board.
– A wide receiver could be an option in the first round, too. USC’s Drake London and Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson are possibilities, but with the 47th pick overall they can wait until the second round to go after a pass catcher.
– There aren’t that many picks. The Commanders only have a fourth rounder between the 47 and the sixth round, so essentially the draft is over with the second pick. They have to go with whatever the best player available might be, and again, that should fit right in with what they need.
– So who’ll be there in the first round for Washington? With the 11th overall pick LSU CB Derek Stingley would be a perfect call, but Washington CB Trent McDuffie could be an option. Wilson might be gone, but London should be there, and there’s an outside shot the Commanders go off and – not believing in Carson Wentz, because he’s Carson Wentz – goes with Pitt QB Kenny Pickett is he’s still around.
Washington Commanders 2021 Draft Picks
1 (32) EDGE Joe Tryon, Washington
2 (64) QB Kyle Trask, Florida
3 (95) OT Robert Hainsey, Notre Dame
4 (129) WR Jaelon Darden, North Texas
5 (176) LB KJ Britt, Auburn
7 (251) CB Chris Wilcox, BYU
7 (259) LB Grant Stuard, Houston
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