2023 Pre-Combine Mock Draft (Includes D. Payne tag and trade)

Backstory: The Houston Texans agree to trade 2023 Pick #33 and a 2024 4th to the Washington Commanders for the rights to Daron Payne (Franchise Tag).

In free agency the Commanders address needs on the OL and sign C Connor McGovern and RT Oli Udoh to compete for starting spots. They also resign LB Cole Holcomb to stabilize the position.

Choose your own adventure:

Does Washington hold firm with the 16th pick, and go on to select:

[#16] Brian Branch, DB, Alabama.

[#33] Dawand Jones, Tackle, Ohio State.

[#47] Felix Anidike-Uzomah, Edge, Kansas State.

[#98] DeMarvion Overshown, Linebacker, Texas.

[#118] Kendre Miller, Runnkingback, Texas Christian

[#152] Jarrett Patterson, Guard, Notre Dame

[#193] Elijah Higgins, Tight End, Stanford

[#215] Tyson Bagent, Quarterback, Shepherd

[#235] Chad Ryland, Kicker, Maryland

— OR — Do the Commanders trade back in Round 1 with the Jaguars, to collect another top 100 pick?

The Trade: Washington sends #16, #117, and #191 for Jacksonville’s #24, #56 and #185.

[#24] O’Cyrus Torrence, Guard, Florida.

[#33] John Michael-Schmitz, Center, Minnesota.

[#47] Daiyan Henley, Linebacker, Washington State.

[#56] Josh Downs, Wide Receiver, North Carolina.

[#118] Jakorian Bennett, Cornerback, Maryland.

[#152] Keaton Mitchell, Runningback, East Carolina.

[#185] Sidy Sow, Guard, Eastern Michigan. Shhh….don’t tell nobody.

[#215] Clayton Tune, Quarterback, Houston

[#235] Aubrey Miller Jr., Linebacker

So, there it is fellas. Before the underwear warriors do their dirtiest. I feel a ton better with an extra 2nd rounder. It allows us tons of flexibility. We can’t improve every position, but we can add some really strong prospects.