Three non-QB prospects the Commanders should consider


The word ‘quarterback’ gets thrown a lot these days, considering the NFL draft is mere months away. Especially if you’re an NFL team in need of a signal caller. And even more so if you’re the Washington Commanders, who have started 11 quarterbacks since 2017.

Yes, the Commanders are in desperate need of a quarterback. But this year’s draft class at the position is not spectacular by any stretch of the imagination. Maybe there are no truly great QBs in the class. Maybe there are more than one that could potentially work out in Burgundy & Gold, but would take time. Maybe Washington should dip their toe in free agency rather than the draft.

While QB is a chief concern, there are undoubtedly other positions on both sides of the ball at which the Commanders need reinforcements. With that in mind, let’s look at some non-quarterbacks that could perhaps be more valuable to Washington with the 11th pick:

Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Washington’s secondary struggled in 2021, despite encouraging individual performances by Kendall Fuller and Bobby McCain. The team allowed the league’s most passing touchdowns, second-most yards per attempt, and fourth-most passing yards.

Not for nothing, Gardner’s stats in his junior year with the Bearcats were so good they bordered on unbelievable. He never allowed more than 13 yards to any receiver IN AN ENTIRE GAME. In his entire college career, Garner never gave up a touchdown catch. His passer rating allowed is so low it looks like a really good ACT score.

Granted, there is a real chance Gardner will be selected before Washington picks at No. 11. But Gardner has all the tools in the world to become the NFL’s next lockdown, Pro Bowl-caliber corner. The Commanders could use him, should he fall to them. Plus his nickname is ‘Sauce,’ I mean, c’mon.

Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

Washington made serious moves to give Taylor Heinicke targets not named Terry McLaurin this past offseason. They signed Curtis Samuel, Adam Humphries, and drafted Dyami Brown among others to bolster their receiving core. The results were…not up to snuff. Samuel couldn’t shake his injuries and managed 38 total yards. Brown caught 12 passes for 165 yards. Humphries provided a boost in the slot but is now a free agent.

Enter Garrett Wilson, the wideout many consider to be the best pass-catching prospect in the draft. He is explosive, has good hands and route running, and is able to create separation from the jump. He’s also incredibly athletic, as he made jump-cuts and jukes in his junior year with the Buckeyes that would make Tyreek Hill proud.

Wilson likely won’t be drafted in the top 10, so chances are the Commanders would have the option to select him with the next pick. Is he finally the non-McLaurin WR Washington has been looking for?

Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M

There is a strong probability Brandon Scherff has played his last game in the nation’s capital. If he should leave, the Commanders would need a boost in their interior offensive line, which overperformed in 2021.

Green is the best guard in the class. Yes, drafting an offensive lineman is never exciting, but it’s always necessary. Replacing Scherff with Green would be an immediate stop-gap at the position and would provide stability for whoever ends up starting at QB for the Commanders, which is exactly why this mock draft has Washington snagging Green.

At 6-foot-4, 325 pounds, Green fits the mold of an NFL guard. Per one scouting report, Green is a consistent run blocker, has quick feet, moves defenders at will, and has improved year-over-year. Locking down the offensive line with Green alongside second-year tackle Sam Cosmi could provide stability for years to come.

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