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Washington Commanders HC Ron Rivera and 2023 1st round pick Emmanuel Forbes talk about the draft

Newest Commander speaks to the media

The Washington Commanders have a new defensive playmaker after selecting Mississippi State CB Emmanuel Forbes with the 16th pick in the 1st round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Washington was expected to go cornerback or OT in the first round, and a run on offensive linemen made it clear that they were going with a defensive back. The only question was which one, Devon Witherspoon was considered the best CB in the draft and he was the first one off the board. That left Christian Gonzalez, Forbes, Banks, Branch and a few others. Washington was high on Forbes and that was their choice.

Ron Rivera




Ball skills:

Game changer:

Elevate the D:


Forbes’ weight:

Routes/Tracking the ball:

Total package:

“Fit the bill from Day 1”:


Who plays the slot?:


Trading back:

Chase Young’s 5th-year option:

Finding more starters:

Call from Ron Rivera:

Joining the Washington Commanders:

Ball-hawking skills, former WR:


Former Mississippi State/Washington players: