The Washington Commanders have returned from Mobile, Alabama after the 2023 Reese’s Senior Bowl with more knowledge about potential draft picks and having had the opportunity to meet each of them personally.
With an incredible collection of talent showing up for the event every year and with Coach Ron Rivera’s teams taking at least one Senior Bowl product during drafts since 2015, it is highly likely that one of the players from either the National or American team’s rosters could become a Commanders player this time around.
Let’s take a look at NFL mock draft picks for the Commanders.
R1, Pick #16: OL O’Cyrus Torrence
For their first-rounder, the Commanders could prioritize OL O’Cyrus Torrence out of Florida Gators Football. This 6″5 offensive lineman was projected as a late Day 1 prospect and one of the best players available. His selection by Washington at the 16th pick in this mock is definitely an area of need as many believe his potential to turn into a great pro.
It would be ideal if the Commanders were able to trade back a few spots to gain a few extra assets, but should Torrence develop into the professional everyone expects him to be, nobody will question their decision-making three years from now.
R2, Pick 47: C John Michael Schmitz
The Commanders can pick another offensive tackle during the second round – John Michael Schmitz from the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Washington hopes that their draft pick of Sam Cosmi from the 2021 season gives them far-reaching solutions to their offensive line needs. Although the veteran Charles Leno Jr. has had seven consistent years in regular season play, he is about to turn 32 and could start to slow down or be soon replaced by the exciting young talent of Cosmi.
Furthermore, Washington can further add to their offensive line with both Torrence and Schmitz in the draft, giving them a strong chance at building a lineup with a desirable five-year shelf-life.
Rd 3, Pick 97 – RB Tyjae Spears or LB Dorian Williams
This third-round pick for the Washington Commanders is certainly an interesting one, as different opinions are in play. On one hand, the team can opt for a linebacker in Dorian Williams from Tulane Green Wave. He provides quickness and athleticism that defensive coordinators dream about and can be a playwright if given enough playing time.
However, Washington could go for Tyjae Spears who already has experience being able to score touchdowns with minimal attempts and has shown great potential early on in his career. Whichever route they take, the team will find a valuable asset that could be groomed into an all-star caliber player if they reach their peak capabilities.