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Commanders 2022 Offseason Needs: Free Agency And Draft Preview

Commanders Offseason Needs

Commanders Offseason Needs
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – OCTOBER 24: Terry McLaurin #17 of the Washington Football Team warms up before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 24, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Washington Commanders Offseason Needs: Free Agency And Draft Preview

Oh, the Washington Commanders. Would it be weird to say picking out a team name was one of their off-season needs? I don’t know, maybe it’s just because the Washington Football team was so awkward coming off the tongue. It’s not that big of a deal, but I wish we can move on from it already. Anyway, sorry, I kinda got off track there. The new Washington Commanders is in a great position to keep building their roster and getting closer to contend for a playoff spot in this post about the Washington Football offseason needs. I say closer and not quite there yet because of their QB situation. Commanders fans might hate me, but they do not need to address it this year. Let me clarify, they don’t need to make it a priority and reach on someone that isn’t worth it. QBs in free agency and in this draft class aren’t just worth it. So, yes, I am asking fans to be patient on the QB side for the Commanders offseason needs, plus, I like Taylor Heinicke. Is he the QB of the future for them? Probably not. Is he fun to watch? Absolutely. Let’s focus on building this young roster and getting it ready for a QB when those options come. The WFT has close to $60 million in cap space, which is top 5 in the NFL, and not too many holes to fill where it isn’t manageable. 

Washington Commanders Free Agency

First, on the Commanders offseason needs, I think they need to re-sign their guys like Brandon Scherff and Jon Bostic. These guys have been solid and letting them walk would be a mistake. With the money they have leftover from that, they can really target two key holes for this team. WR and Secondary. I do think that Scary Terry McLaurin is a WR1 and has proven he can play despite the lack of help. This free agency class has plenty of guys that are WR2 or WR3s that the WFT can take advantage of. Guys like: JuJu, Christian Kirk, DJ Chark, Russell Gage, Michael Gallup, Zach Pascal, Mike Williams, and Will Fuller come to mind. Pairing up Scary Terry with one of these guys would already be an improvement to their WR corps. On the flip side, the secondary could use some work on this team. With Washington having the money for it, they should make a few splashes in free agency. They don’t need to be shy and go ahead and grab multiple guys here. By doing that, all 3 levels for Washington should be solid and to be feared.

Washington Commanders Draft

Luckily in the draft, they can find depth at these positions too. There are plenty of CBs and WRs in this draft that Washington can draft. Washington is hoping for 4 options here in the 1st round: Derek Stingley Jr, Ahmad Gardner, Chris Olave, or Garrett Wilson. That would be perfect for them. They can sign whoever they want in free agency and double down on talent with one of these 4 guys. Let me make it clear, it’s very possible that Washington might take a QB in the first given the lack of superior talent. If they can get their hands on Matt Corral and Kenny Pickett, despite them not being really 1st round QB material, they might jump at that opportunity.

In the 2nd round, they might be able to find more WR or CBs they like, but I think they should go with a position that isn’t that deep in this class but has great value in the 2nd: Safety. In the 2nd, Washington could find Jaquan Brisker or Daxton Hill dropping to them. If Washington decided to go CB in the first, they’re double downing on the secondary and making it a priority to build a defense that the NFL should be frightened of.

In the 3rd, this would be a good time to get some WR talent from a deep class, Even if they signed a WR and drafted one in the 1st, this WR room could use a lot of work and they would be addressing that first-hand. It’s tough to say who will be here this late, but they should at least look on the board at WR. I could see getting an LB in this round or trying to find an OL. The 3rd round is always so hard to predict from this far out. 

Washington has done well to build a roster, they’re getting close to tasting the success of reaching the playoffs consistently. Coming at the same time they will have a team name finally. That seems to be perfect for them to get a team name and start contending in the playoffs soon after that. Washington is well on their way to challenging Dallas every year for the NFC East crown, it might not be this year, but next year could be a battle as long as the Commanders keep building up their roster like this.

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