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The Entire Washington Commanders 2022 NFL Draft Haul

The Washington Commanders went into the 2022 NFL Draft having just six draft selections. They would make eight selections over the weekend, and a strong day on Day 3 would help them fortify a solid 2022 draft haul.

They parlayed their eleventh overall pick, into the sixteenth overall pick and two additional picks. A deal to move down with the New Orleans Saints, netted Washington a third round and a fourth round pick – 98th and 120th overall respectively.

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Commanders Move Back, Then Take WR Dotson At Sixteen Spot

The Washington Commanders went into Thursday night, having just six picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. When the time came to make a pick with their first one, they struck a deal with the New Orleans Saints and added two more selections. Five picks later, they selected wide receiver Jahan Dotson out of Penn State.

The Deal

Washington surrendered their 11th overall pick to New Orleans. In exchange, the Saints gave up the 16th overall pick, as well as picks in the 3rd (98th overall) and 4th (120th overall) rounds.

The Commanders now have eight picks in the Draft, which puts them in a considerably stronger position to find some winners.

The 16th Overall Pick

The Commanders surprised a few people when they selected Dotson, but perhaps only because he wasn’t as talked about in the media as some of the other wide receivers. The reality is that there was a massive run on receivers – with SIX going in the first eighteen picks.

Obviously the tremendous amount of money being paid at the position this off-season, is really making franchises look at their options. If you can land a bona fide future superstar early in the draft, it can save a franchise close to $100M in future salary cap.

It was the first time Head Coach Ron Rivera has used his first round selection on the offensive side of the ball. Jamin Davis and Chase Young were Rivera’s defensive selections in his first two seasons.

Dotson was also the Washington Commanders very first draft pick.

What Did They Get?

As for Dotson himself, he has been called by some, “the surest hands in the Draft.” He dropped just two balls in 138 targets last year. That’s obviously a major selling point for an NFL receiver.

At 5’11” and 180-ish pounds, he’s definitely not the biggest pass catcher in the league. He will need to eat some meat and potatoes and put some weight on that frame.

But he was a real menace at Penn State and very difficult to cover. While there may not have been the hype to his game, that say Drake London or Garrett Wilson received, he does seem ready to deliver the goods at the next level.

The 22-year-old had 91 catches for 1,182 yards with the Nittany Lions last year. He also scored 12 touchdowns. In fact, he had 21 career receiving touchdowns at Penn State – ten of them more than 40 yards. He is a legitimate deep threat. He ran a 4.43 40-yard dash.

He also has special team experience. He is an excellent punt returner, which will potentially fill another need.

Strengths

NFL Draft Buzz had this to say about Dotson:

A slippery runner with elusive footwork. Has little to no wasted movements between the reception and burst upfield.

Shows quickness off the snap to shake off corners and create room. Separates with hesitation moves and nice acceleration.

Dotson is a big-play producer. Since the start of last season, he is tied with Olave, Smith, and Jaelon Darden for the most 20-plus-yard TD catches in the country with 11.

Check out the rest of the profile here.

 

Strong Athlete

In high school, Dotson began showing his elite athleticism. He won the PIAA state championships in both the 4×100 relay and long jump (2016).

He also won regional state titles in both the 100m and 200m in 2018.

Now A Strength?

Dotson joins Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, Cam Sims and 2021 third-round pick Dyami Brown in the receiving corps.

That has the potential to become a dangerous unit, and new quarterback Carson Wentz should hopefully have enough reliable targets to put together a comeback season.

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Commanders Draft Primer: Picks, Needs, Targets And More

The 2022 NFL Draft is upon us! The action will kick off tonight at 8pm in Las Vegas with the first round. The second and third rounds will take place tomorrow night, and the remaining rounds four through seven will go on Saturday.

Here is an overview of some of the things you might need to know going into the Draft.

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Washington Football Team 2021 Draft Selections

It’s a time honored tradition to rate how a team drafted the day after the draft. None of the players have even signed a contract yet. None of them have played a down of football yet. It is tough to rank much, other than wether or not a team filled some needs, and if their picks met with experts’ opinions.

Washington definitely filled a few needs, and the majority of their selections were considered solid at the position. Their 19th overall pick Jamin Davis, was considered a reach by some, but was climbing many other’s draft boards as well. Third round cornerback Benjamin St-Juste was also ranked a little lower than he was chosen.

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Washington Select Linebacker Davis With The 19th Overall Pick

The pick is in. With the 19th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Washington selected Jamin Davis out of Kentucky. The 6’3″ 234 pound linebacker is a physically impressive specimen, and is coming off a fantastic season for the Wildcats.

In 2020, he registered 102 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and three interceptions – including one returned for a touchdown. He also had a forced fumble and a blocked field goal – and all in ten games.

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2021 NFL Trade Value Chart

USA Today put out a great trade Value Chart and distributed it in various schemas to suit each NFL team. I never saw one for Washington, so I scarfed the Denver Broncos one, and made the necessary modifications.

I did notice that none of their versions had the new Cowboys logo on it, but mine does. *wink*

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2021 NFL Draft Primer – What You Need To Know

No. More. Sleeps.

Every NFL fan’s favorite day of the offseason is here – the NFL Draft.

Roger Goodell has been tested, and found to be COVID free. He has been cleared to offer awkward hugs to everybody. Thank god!

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History Says Washington Should Draft A Tackle In First Round

Washington Left Tackles

The Washington Football Team could really use a left tackle. Perhaps they have been a bit spoiled over the years. Washington may not have dominated the league for the last two decades, but they have always had a great left tackle. And before that?

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Washington’s Five Best Ever First Round Draft Picks

The 2021 NFL Draft is just days away. The Washington Football Team will be looking to land a superstar for years to come with the 19th overall pick.

Here is a look at Washington’s five best ever first round draft picks.

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Washington Football Team 2021 Draft Picks

This year’s 2021 NFL Draft will mark the 86th annual meeting of the National Football League, to select newly eligible players for the 2021 NFL season. The draft is scheduled to be held in Cleveland from April 29 to May 1, 2021. Jacksonville Jaguars select first, and are ‘on the clock’.

Washington’s NFC East rivals the Philadelphia Eagles have the most selections with eleven. Seattle have the fewest picks, with just four. The Washington Football Team enter the 2021 NFL draft with eight total picks, including the 19th overall pick.

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