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The Washington Commanders Select Jartavius Martin, DB, Illinois in the Second Round of 2023 NFL Draft

Washington welcomes the newest member of the family, Jartavius Martin, after making him the 47th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

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Draft day is finally here and Washington has picked another defensive back. They picked Mississippi State CB Emmanuel Forbes with the #16 pick yesterday, and doubled down with Illinois DB Jartavius Martin.

How he fits on the Commanders

If there is one thing the Commanders seem to value in its secondary, it’s versatility. Just about every contributor on the backend of the defense can play at least two positions. Jartavius Martin would definitely fit in with his ability to play near the line of scrimmage, cover in the slot, or drop into deep coverage. With the departure of Bobby McCain, the starting slot corner position is up for grabs. Martin would be competing with cornerbacks like Danny Johnson and possibly a safety like Percy Butler to play that role. If he needs time before he’s ready to start, Martin could provide depth at a few different positions. Martin has things to improve to reach his potential, but he could provide the type of flexibility the Commanders covet on defense.

Washington Commanders 2023 Draft Picks

1st Round: #16 - Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State

2nd Round: #47 - Jartavius Martin, DB, Illinois

3rd Round: #97 (compensatory pick)

4th Round: #118

5th Round: #150

6th Round: #193

#215 (compensatory pick)

7th Round: #233