With their first pick as the Washington Commanders, the team selects a wide receiver? I don’t think it’s crazy to think. After bringing in Carson Wentz to try to take advantage of a weak division, Washington has to make sure they surround their new quarterback with the weapons needed to succeed.
After giving up valuable draft capital to bring in a new quarterback, I doubt the Commanders would spend their first rounder in the 2022 NFL Draft on another player at the position. Believe it or not, Washington actually has a pretty well-rounded roster at this point. They could probably improve their secondary or maybe upgrade on the offensive line, but the biggest need to me is a dynamic receiver to play alongside Terry McLaurin.
There are a couple of other Ohio State Buckeyes they could opt to pair with their 2019 third-round pick, put I think Drake London would be the best option for this team in the 2022 NFL Draft. While the Ohio State guys are elite route runners, like McLaurin, London just brings something else to the table.
Last season with the Indianapolis Colts, Carson Wentz found a favorite target in Michael Pittman Jr. The former USC Trojan is 6-foot-4 and about 220 lbs. Drake London? Another former Trojan who is 6-foot-4 and about 220 lbs. Having a big-body receiver that can not only go up and grab jumpball-type throws, but can also shield defenders to create clear passing windows, will effectively complement a route-running separator like McLaurin.
After making a splash to bring Wentz back to the NFC East, Washington has to make sure they do everything that they can to help him succeed. Offensive line is the first thing that would typically come to mind, but receiving targets can be just as important. With a duo of Terry McLaurin and Drake London, the Commanders offense could really excel in 2022.
There is no denying the talent that Derek Stingley Jr. possesses. He displayed it early in his collegiate career as arguably the best player in college football as a freshman in 2019. However, over the past two seasons, he has played in just 10 games and has shown some things on film that has raised some questions in the scouting community.
For Minnesota, a talent like that at the cornerback position is too good to pass up. Stingley has all the tools that you look for in a dynamic cornerback. He has a great blend of size, speed and athleticism. He is battle-tested playing in the SEC and even in practice against guys like Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson, and has shown that he can play at the highest level imaginable.
However, over the last two seasons Stingley has left a lot to be desired. He has battled through injuries, but also did not show the consistent effort that you need to see from a corner. If Stingley is focused and healthy, he will be one of the best in the NFL. At pick 12, a cornerback-needy team like the Vikings bet on the upside in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft.