The thing about bad regimes...they tend to leave the cupboard bare.
We are in the unfortunate yet opportunistic period of needing to turnover the majority of the roster and needing to hire someone to do it. The Commanders have so few players under contract in 2024 that Ron Rivera would have to strap on the pads and play MLB if the 2024 season started today.
Lucky for us, the draft is a tool that allows us to completey rebuild this roster with young and energetic talent. Here's a look at how the Commanders can do that.
Pick 4 - Round 1. - QB Jayden Daniels
Assuming Caleb Williams goes to the Bears and Maye to the Patriots , there is a massive opportunity to upgrade at WR or get the first DB off the board to fix our broken secondary but a pick this high is typically reserved for a QB, LT or Edge rusher. It's tempting to consider going OL and taking a QB like JJ Mccarty later but the opportunity is too good to pass on. Sam Howell has has some significant highs but also some pretty low downs this year. The 2025 QB draft class is shaping up like the 2022 QB class and therefore you must find your guy now.
Pick 36 - Round 2 - Guard Troy Fautanu
Fautanu played tackle at Washington and was very successful in doing so. However, there are limitations to his game that suggest he would be a much better guard than tackle in the pros. Left guard is something that desperately needs an upgrade and with Cosmi rounding into form in the right side, this could be a position of strength with the right selection.
Pick 42 - Round 2 - Edge Jonah Ellis
Lets be honest, Chase Young never had the motor that Washington fans wanted and Sweat embodied more of what was needed but he's plays at Soldier field now. Jonah Ellis is a high motor Edge rusher that was will give you Ryan Kerrigan vibes. He is a little undersized for elite edges in todays game but his heart makes up for his stature.
Pick 68 - Round 3 - Jeremiah Trotter Jr
The linebacker drought in washington finally comes to an end. His pro comparison is Patrick Queen but he needs to get stronger to be better against the run. He can do great things in the pass game and with the right coaching could become a starting Mike backer.
Pick 100 Round 3 - TE Luke Lachey
Son of former Redskins great Jim Lachey, Luke is a bit of a project at TE but flashes great potential. He can make the contested catch that would make him a key red zone target but needs to clean up his blocking a little.
Pick 104 Round 4 - WR Tory Horton
Commanders fans want more excitement from our WRs. Terry is great but Dotson had an inconsistent 2nd season. Horton is a deep threat but can also play underneath. He is a physical receiver that fans will love rooting for.
Pick 138 Round 5 - Tackle Sataoa Laumea
Laumea needs to fall in love with the weight room but he presents some intriguing potential as a stash and develop OT. Worst case scenario you've drafted some very good guard depth.
Pick - 180 Round 6 - RB Donovan Edward
The Commanders will eventually need to find a true RB1 but between Robinson and Rodriguez they can afford to not do so immediately. Edwards can help them immediately where they need it most, the passing game as he learns to run like the big back he is.
Pick - 222 Round 7 - C Bryce Foster
Potential center of the future. Big frame and strong hands. He doesn't solve a need right now but could really develop with the right coaching.