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2023 NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Day 2 picks for the Washington Commanders

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NFL: APR 27 2023 Draft Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The first round of the 2023 NFL draft is in the books, and the Washington Commanders selected Mississippi State CB Emmanuel Forbes with the 16th overall pick. There are still a plenty of good players that will be available tonight in Rounds 2 & 3. Washington has a lot of areas they would probably like to address early, but the right players have to be there.

Washington started the draft with 8 picks, and they have one in each round. They still hold their second round pic(#47) and have a compensatory pick(#97) from the loss of Brandon Scherff in free agency. The Commanders original third round pick(#79) belongs to the Indianapolis Colts as the final compensation for the Carson Wentz trade.

They picked a CB, which was expected,

Who do you want Washington to draft tonight?

CBS Sports(Trapasso)

Round 2: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee

Commanders add competition to Sam Howell with Hooker. Should be a fascinating battle between the former ACC quarterbacks.

Round 3: Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State


Round 2: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee

Sam Howell (2022 fifth-round pick) and 30-year old journeyman Jacoby Brissett are expected to compete for the starting QB job, but it might be that neither will be the long-term answer for the Commanders. Getting Hooker here is an excellent value, and he is capable of competing for the job as soon as he recovers from the ACL injury to his left knee he suffered in November.

Draft Countdown(Hallam)

Round 2: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee

Round 3: Siaki Ika, DL, Baylor

Bleeding Green Nation(Natan)

Round 2: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee

Round 3: Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee

Round 2: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State

Jones is a bruising run blocker with incredible length and rare size. He’s hit or miss against athletic pass rushers, but has plenty of talent.

Round 3: Juice Scruggs, G, Penn State

Hogs Haven

Round 2: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State

After selecting a cornerback in the first round, the Commanders must address their most pressing need in this draft – the offensive line. Dawand Jones met with the Commanders many times during the draft process, including the Senior Bowl – a venue that the Rivera regime holds in high regard.

Round 2: Joe Tippmann, C, Wisconsin

Another player that met with the Commanders a number of times before the draft was Wisconsin center, Joe Tippmann. The visits include a Top 30 visit late in the process and a formal meeting at the Combine. The interest is real.

Walter Football

Round 2: Tyler Steen, OT/G, Alabama

The Redskins brought in a whopping nine players in for top-30 visits, so they will almost certainly spend an early pick on a blocker to help Slingin’ Sammy Howell.

Tyler Steen did a great job on Bryce Young’s blind side after transferring from Vanderbilt.

Round 3: Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama

Cornerback has been a huge problem for the Redskins in recent years, so the team could double up on the position.

Eli Ricks is a 6-2 cornerback who had a breakout ‘21 season for Alabama.

SB Nation(Schofield)

Round 2: O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida

Philly Voice(Kempski)

Round 2: Cody Mauch, OL, North Dakota State

Mauch was a college OT who is likely moving to guard at the pro level. The Commanders are undermanned on the interior of their O-line.

College Football News(Fiutak)

Round 2: Cody Mauch, OL, North Dakota State

Round 3: Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa

Touchdown Wire(Farrar)

Round 2: Steve Avila, OG, TCU

DraftKings Nation(Simon)

Round 2: Steve Avila, OG, TCU

The Athletic(Brugler)

Round 2: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

Round 3: Nick Hampton, Edge, Appalachian State

Sports Illustrated(Easterling)

Round 2: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

No matter who throws the passes for the Commanders in 2023, a dynamic tight end would be a huge help. Washington’s massive frame and blocking prowess would make an instant impact, and his athleticism gives him a limitless ceiling as a receiving threat.

Round 3: Wanya Morris, OT, Oklahoma

Sporting News(Iyer)

Round 2: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

The Commanders need to think about tight end to help Sam Howell given the shakiness of Logan Thomas. Washington would give them a strong run blocker who can blossom into a dangerous receiver.

Round 3: Jaelyn Duncan, OT, Maryland

The Commanders can tap into the offensive line after landing cornerback Emmanuel Forbes in the first round. Duncan, with his powerful, quick frame, can start in time.

Fantasy Pros(Zalis)

Round 2: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

Round 3: Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU


Round 2: Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa

After addressing their need at cornerback in the first round, the Washington Commanders now add a weapon for their young quarterback. Sam LaPorta was stuck on a lethargic Iowa offense, but he was a bright spot. While he’s undersized at 6-foot-3, he’s an excellent athlete with outstanding YAC ability and that fits perfectly into Eric Bieniemy’s offense.

Round 3: Roschon Johnson, RB, Texas

The 33rd Team

Round 2: Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa

Round 3: Mike Morris, Edge, Michigan

The Draft Network(Melo)

Round 2: Sam LaPorta TE, Iowa

Walter Football(Campbell)

Round 2: Brian Branch, S, Alabama

Washington needs a safety upgrade.

Branch recorded 90 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and seven passes broken up in 2022. He was all over the field for the Crimson Tide as a safety and slot cornerback. Branch (6-0, 190) played well in 2021, showing size and cover skills while recording 55 tackles and nine passes broken up. In 2020, he had 27 tackles and two interceptions and seven breakups. Team sources think Branch could be a hybrid cornerback/safety similar to Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Round 3: D.J. Turner, CB, Michigan

The Commies should consider adding multiple cornerbacks.

Prior to the combine, Turner had gone under the radar, but there were some team sources who had already said they really liked him. Turner put together a strong senior season, recording 36 tackles, an interception and 10 passes broken up. In 2021, he recorded two interceptions, seven breakups and 33 tackles. The 5-foot-11, 178-pound Turner is undersized and limited to the slot, but he is a very fast defender. Turner could end up being a second-day pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Pro Football Network(Cummings)

Round 2: Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame

The Commanders need to invest in the future at EDGE. Isaiah Foskey played as a stand-up rusher often at Notre Dame, but with his 6’5″, 264-pound frame, he projects well in Washington’s four-down front, pinning his ears back on every down. He’s a stellar run defender and an explosive pass rusher, whose best moments with hand usage inspire awe.

Round 3: Tyler Steen, OL, Alabama

With long-term questions at both tackle and guard, the Commanders take a potential starter who provides immediate utility as a versatile depth piece. At 6’6″, 321, Tyler Steen has great size and athleticism. He very naturally bends his knees and plays beyond his center of gravity for his size. Steen lacks elite length, but he still brings good power.

NBC Sports(Froton)

Round 2: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas

Washington took a long, thin ball-hawking cornerback in Emmanuel Forbes who is an interception creator of the highest order. With my LB1 still on the board here, they select a ferocious pass-rushing LB in Sanders who finished second in the SEC in sacks last year despite lining-up off the ball.

Round 3: Carter Warren, OT, Pitt

Bleacher Report(Ballentine)

Round 2: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas

Round 3: Tyler Steen, OT, Alabama


Which position should Washington target in the 2nd round?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    (21 votes)
  • 41%
    Offensive tackle
    (250 votes)
  • 23%
    Offensive guard
    (142 votes)
  • 12%
    Tight end
    (75 votes)
  • 0%
    Edge rusher
    (4 votes)
  • 6%
    (41 votes)
  • 12%
    (76 votes)
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