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Pick 11: Drake London: WR/USC
While I believe that Garrett Wilson/Chris Olave/Jameson Williams would all do extraordinary things for our offense, Drake London brings something different to the Commanders, we have plenty of speed. Mainly, his size, at 6'4 220 lbs with a basketball background, he adds an awesome contested-catch weapon who should elevate our red zone offense. Wentz has a history of an excellent connection to bigger-bodied receiving weapons. London should also allow Scott Turner to open up his playbook; his size and length enable Wentz to become truly aggressive down the field. Terry McLaurin deserves a WR2 that opposing defenses will respect just as much as they respect him.
Pick 47: Nick Cross: SAFETY/MARYLAND
This is my draft crush; I've been high on Nick Cross for a minute now; I'd take him there with Kyle Hamilton. The Terps used Cross basically as a chess piece Buffalo Backer(think rookie year Kam Curl), and I think it would behoove Washington to use him in a similar role. Cross has experience operating from the slot, as a single high, in the box and rushing off the edge while a member of the Terps. Kam Curl is likely to step into a more permanent role as our Strong Safety, and Bobby McCain has returned for two more years, a picture-perfect scenario for Nick Cross for the next two years. Cross can take up the Buffalo role until it's time to part ways with McCain.
Pick 113: Chigoziem Okonkwo: TE/MARYLAND
That's right; I'm dipping back into the Maryland pool for this pick. Washington should look to add depth at Tight End, especially with the unsure status of Logan Thomas and his recovery. I was late to the party on Chigoziem Okonkwo but the NFL Combine really opened my eyes to him. He showed solid hands, great fluidity, and movement skills. Okonkwo, like London, brings a different skill set to the Commander's Tight End room. At just under 6'3 and 245 lb's, he is definitely not what you picture when you think of a Tight End but turn on the tape, and you'll see a really fun player. Maryland deployed him in the slot and in the backfield for Tight End screens where he used his speed to beat defenses. I'd love to see a similar role at the next level.
Pick 189: Chase Lucas: DB: ARIZONA STATE:
Washington's secondary took some swings on guys like Corn Elder and Darryl Roberts and it wasn't so pretty. Chase Lucas comes in and provides some rather solid depth in the slot and especially on Special Teams. He should look to add size to his slender frame if he is going to be more than effective at the next level but his extensive snap count at the college level should land him a roster spot. His instincts make up for his average athleticism
Pick 230: DJ Davidson: DT: ARIZONA STATE
With the loss of Tim Settle and Matt Ioannidis Washington needs major depth at Defensive Tackle. Help comes in the form of 6'3 327 lb DJ Davidson, given his size and experience in college, I would imagine he takes on Tim Settle's role as our gap stuffing Nose Tackle. His immensely powerful base covers up the blemishes in the way he uses his hands in deconstructing blocks. I'd love to see him use his size more but that can definitely be improved upon.
Pick 239: Jeremiah Gemmel: LB: UNC
A coach's dream, Jeremiah Gemmel was an under-appreciated major piece of the UNC Defense, often playing the role of signal-caller. Nicknamed "The General" by his teammates is something that Ron Rivera is sure to love. Gemmel is a film junkie with plus instincts and motor, he could do better at attacking the line of scrimmage against the run and trusting his eyes in man coverage. I could've taken a Linebacker sooner but Washington deployed mostly 2 LB sets with Landon Collins playing a sort of hybrid role. Rivera seems open to allowing Cole Holcomb to take up the role as MIKE and letting Jamin Davis attack off the edge. I wasn't comfortable spending early draft capital if Washington is just going to end up deploying 2 LB sets. Gemmel should find a role on special teams or in the times that Washington does run more traditional 4-3 3 LB looks.