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The Washington Commanders are going through a lot of big changes this offseason. From ownership changes to roster shuffling, Washington has to find a way to stabilize the ship during a whirlwind of changes. The NFL Draft can be just that, and the Commanders can add the proper talent help with this transition.
Dawand Jones, Tackle, Ohio State
Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
McClendon Curtis, Guard, UT Chattanooga
If the Commanders hope to be a successful team they need to first stabilize the trenches. Spending a first round pick on THE premium position of offensive tackle should be a priority. At #16 the Commanders could get Ohio State product Dawand Jones to shore up the blind side of the line. Jones has the size and violent streak that franchises look for in a left tackle. His strong base allows him to anchor against power rushers and his smooth foot work allows him to glide with speed rushers. He also has the versatility to play either inside or outside if needed.
To further bolster the ranks of the offensive line, the Commanders could look into the later rounds at a player like McClendon Curtis. Curtis is a mauler with a mean streak. He easily opens up lanes in the run game and has the awareness to shed and attack in blitz situations. This will not only help young QB Sam Howell, but the stable of running backs as well.
Washington also needs to build on the strong defensive unit they have assembled. Young corner Benjamin St-Juste needs a partner in crime and the Commanders could find one in their backyard. Maryland product Deonte Banks plays the game with a brand of physicality akin to the nature of this unit. He is a corner that can not only lineup against the top receivers but tight ends as well. His size of 6’2” 205lbs allows him to high point passes and also be physical on short routes. This pickup would give the Commanders a duo at corner that would have a 6’2 1/2” average height. That’s tough to pass on for any offense.
No matter the change of ownership, football in Washington will be played. These picks would allow that football to be played at a high level that is worthy of the DC area.