Round 2, Pick 47: Steve Avila, G, TCU
While the offensive line is a solid group, there’s no reason to stay complacent in Washington. If you want to see what Howell has, giving him the best five to keep him upright should be the plan. If you don’t, then make sure the group is ready to roll for the next young quarterback drafted by the organization. Steve Avila is a guard with great size, impressive functional athleticism to thrive in any blocking scheme, and he’s extremely difficult to push backward in pass protection. Even Jalen Carter had some struggles doing so in the National Championship game.
Round 3, Pick 97: Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon
Is there still some hope for Jamin Davis? Potentially, and if he can find his way as a run and chase player, excellent. But, no one else is signed beyond 2023, and finding a MIKE linebacker is the next step. His stock was higher at the beginning of the cycle, but Noah Sewell can still carve out a role. He’s got the ability to man things coming downhill as a run defender and has strong processing skills and gap integrity. Let him do the dirty work and find others who can operate in space beside him.
Round 4, Pick 118: Isaiah McGuire, EDGE, Missouri
There’s never any hurt in adding more pass rushers, but for the Washington Commanders, they should be doing just that in the 2023 NFL Draft. Chase Young hasn’t lived up to the billing of the number two overall pick, and Montez Sweat is a free agent after 2023.
Isaiah McGuire packs impressive power in his punch, setting a strong edge against the run and taking advantage when tackles get out over their skis. He gave Broderick Jones trouble back in the fall. As a pass rusher, he doesn’t quite have the expanded toolbox, but he can convert explosion to power well, especially after his third step. He plays low with good leverage and gives himself every advantage he can to create pressure.