The Washington Commanders have completed their first full mock draft, and here is where things stand. The team had a number of notable picks in the second round this year, including picking up QB Josh Allen at 10th overall. With John Dorsey now on board as GM for the Kansas City Chiefs, it’s likely that he’ll be taking players from his old team with some of these same later rounds.
The Washington Commanders franchise is in disarray, with the US Congress looking into owner Daniel Snyder and his business. The NFL schedule, on the other hand, does not wait for anybody, thus the NFL draft will be here in less than two weeks, whether the organization is ready or not. That means it’s time for the second edition of the four-round Washington Commanders mock draft.
Mock Draft 1.0 for the Washington Commanders
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The Washington Commanders selected a wide receiver, cornerback, and safety with the first three choices in Sportscasting.com’s four-round mock draft. The options were as follows:
- Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama, 1st round, 11th overall
- Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington (Round 2, No. 47 overall)
- Sterling Weatherford, S, Miami, 4th round, No. 113 overall (OH)
The Commanders are staring at a fresh draft board with new potential and difficulties now that free agency and trades have basically run their course. With Carson Wentz as the organization’s new great hope, the team will concentrate on offense for the most of the draft, but there will be a defensive prospect too outstanding to pass up at No. 11.
Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame, Round 1, No. 11 overall
Taking a safety in the top 10 of the NFL draft hasn’t always made sense — one of the rare exceptions being Washington’s selection of Sean Taylor at No. 5 in 2004 — but at No. 11, it’s a different story.
The Commanders could easily choose a wide receiver, but Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton is perhaps the best prospect in the 2022 draft. The defensive back, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 220-pounds, is everything a club might want in a contemporary safety. He has the ability to stop the run, punish receivers who cross the middle, and cover athletic tight ends.
With Landon Collins out, the club needs a safety, and despite the team’s offensive needs, obtaining the top one in the Class of 2022 will be enticing. Hamilton is the top talent available at No. 11 in our Washington Commanders mock draft, which means he gets selected first.
George Pickens, WR, Georgia (Round 2, No. 47 overall)
With Carson Wentz at the helm, the Commanders must surround him with as much quality as possible to compensate for the quarterback’s well-documented flaws. The first step in that strategy is to find a legitimate No. 2 wide receiver to complement Terry McLaurin.
George Pickens, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound wide receiver from Georgia, ran a 4.47-second 40-yard sprint at the combine. In the spring of 2021, he tore his ACL, but he returned to play four games at the conclusion of the season.
Pickens will need to improve his strength and polish in order to become a go-to player in the NFL, but he’s already worth a second-round choice in our Washington Commanders mock draft. He may be a respectable red-zone target at worst, thanks to his lanky body and large catch radius. At best, he could grow into A.J. Green, the Bulldogs’ wide receiver.
Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State, 4th round, No. 113 overall
Because the Commanders’ third-round selection is now owned by the Indianapolis Colts, we’ll move on to the fourth round in our Washington Commanders mock draft. Ron Rivera and his team should keep the Carson Wentz support flowing with that selection and choose another offensive weapon.
Logan Thomas is one of the best tight ends in the league. He’s not a long-term solution because of his age (31) and injury history (he only played six games in 2021). John Bates, Sammis Reyes, and Tyrone Swoopes, Washington’s tight ends, aren’t either. This trio has a total of 22 NFL receptions, with Bates accounting for 20 of them.
TE for Iowa State Charlie Kolar had a four-year collegiate career in which he caught 168 passes for 2,181 yards and 23 touchdowns. According to NFL.com, he is 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, and as the son of two Oklahoma professors, he is brilliant and has a strong work ethic. A player like that may go a long way toward easing Wentz into his new scheme.
Sports Reference provided all stats.
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