I liked who they added in Round 1. I’ve been calling cornerback Emmanuel Forbes (16) this draft’s “Splendid Splinter,” because of his frame. He is a thin 6-foot-1 and 166 pounds. All he does is make plays, though. He had six pick-sixes and 14 total interceptions in his college career. He should play early and often in Washington.
The Commanders went back to the secondary in Round 2, picking my fourth-ranked safety Jartavius Martin (47), who played a lot as a nickel. They ranked 26th in takeaways last season (18), so they went all-in on needs. They also added two interior linemen with their next two picks. I thought they reached a round for center Ricky Stromberg (97), but the four-year starter is technically sound. Braeden Daniels (118) is light on his feet but undersized; he is my seventh-ranked guard.
Washington will hold its rookie mini-camp May 12-14, followed by the first of two OTA sessions on May 23. As for who will join first-round pick Emmanuel Forbes and the Commanders’ seven draft picks …
“Try to make an honest go of this thing. Tell them, ‘We want RFK. We’ll commit to RFK. Here are our resources. We have a billion dollars. Do you have a billion dollars to match?’” Finlay said.
“It’s way too early to discuss all that stuff,” Rivera said. “Guys are here. They’re working out; they’re working hard. This is how the draft has fallen for us.”
The Commanders managed to acquire seven new prospects from the college ranks from eight initial selections. This solved problem position groups, and hopefully, some lower down the pecking order can step up and make their presence felt sooner than anticipated.