Sunday, February 5, 2023

Washington Commanders NFL Mock Draft Roundup 4.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2023 NFL Draft, we will update our Washington Commanders Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Washington Commanders from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Commanders: - Edholm (2/3)

16. Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

Washington could go any number of directions here. But corner is a need, and Porter might be a big upgrade over Benjamin St-Juste in a division with big-play receivers such as A.J. Brown and CeeDee Lamb.

The Draft Network - Marino (2/1)

16. Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

The Washington Commanders need another young building block in the corner room and that's exactly what Joey Porter Jr. provides. Offering top-end length, ball skills, and athleticism, Porter Jr. profiles as a No. 1 corner in the NFL.

College Football News (2/1)

16. Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

With all the talk about needing a quarterback, don't dismiss just how promising and talented Sam Howell is. The defense needs more playmakers, too, and there are a slew of great corners on the board.

Athlon Sports - Fischer (1/31)

16. Brian Branch, S, Alabama

As the lone NFC East team to not make the playoffs, the Commanders have a number of needs to figure out in the draft. Branch can play all over the back end and provides plenty of leadership for a team undergoing a bit of a transition.

The Athletic - Baumgardner (1/30)

16. Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

Christian Gonzalez moves like a sports car on a football field. He has Tesla traits and in terms of burst/agility/speed, he's CB1 in this draft. Can he be physical enough down to down in coverage? Will he tackle? Taking it a step further, have we seen enough from him yet? Another 2023 cornerback prospect, another round of questions. But it's also undeniable that Gonzalez has loads of talent. He would be a very nice value at No. 16.

SB Nation - Schofield (1/30)

16. Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

With recent reports that the Commanders are telling prospective offensive coordinators that Sam Howell is the QB for the team going forward, it seems likely that QB is not an option for Washington in the first round.

Cornerback, however, is.

Again, this is a deep and talented group, and seeing how people stack this cornerback class will be fascinating. Ringo combines sprinter's speed with the size and length needed at the position. His straight-line speed is a weapon on defense, and his film is complete with examples of him matching vertical routes, or breaking on shallow crossers in man coverage and disrupting at the catch point. His PBU against Georgia Tech this season on a 3rd and 13 is a prime example. He handles zone coverage responsibilities well, but his best role is likely as a corner in a heavy man-coverage scheme.

CBS Sports - Wilson (1/30)

16. O'Cyrus Torrence, IOL, Florida

O'Cyrus Torrence transferred from Louisiana and didn't miss a beat. He was dominant for Florida and is a plug-and-play player at the next level.

PFF - Sikkema (1/30)

16. Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Ah, the ultimate wild card in this draft. Here in this mock, I have Richardson going No. 16, but the truth is that his range is anywhere from No. 7 overall with the Raiders all the way to No. 26 with the Giants. Richardson's numbers might scare teams, but his tape shows more promise than the raw data.

In his lone year of starting, he recorded 19 big-time throws and 13 turnover-worthy plays with just a 63.1% adjusted completion percentage (ideally, would want to be over 70%). But in a world of what could be, Richardson is as physically gifted as they come with his arm talent and his rushing ability. The ceiling is there, it's just a bit inconsistent. This is a true home-run swing that could change everything in Washington.

ESPN - Kiper (1/25)

16. Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

Here's yet another team with quarterback issues, as the Commanders traded for Carson Wentz last offseason (which cost them their third-rounder this year) but turned back to Taylor Heinicke down the stretch. Neither is likely to be their Week 1 starter; I wonder whether they will be players in the veteran-signal-caller market and bring in someone to compete with Sam Howell. No matter who is playing quarterback, though, they have to improve along the offensive line. Jones is a 310-pound mauler who didn't allow a single sack as the Bulldogs' left tackle in 2022. I wouldn't be shocked if he went in the top 10. - Brooks (1/23)

16. Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

The ultra-smooth cover corner flashes lockdown capabilities on the island.

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