NFL Draft: 10 best defensive players available after day one for Washington Commanders

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Day 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft is on the books, but it doesn’t end there. Many talented prospects are still available to be drafted in the next six rounds.

The Washington Commanders opted to add the offensive side of football on Day 1, signing Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson with the 16th overall pick. Today, with two choices, commanders could look to recruit defensive players.

Here is a list of the best remaining defensive players:

Jahan Dotson

Terry McLaurin

Terry McLaurin

Antonio Gibson

Antonio Gibson

1. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

Dean, though a bit undersized, is a linebacker with excellent instincts and playmaking ability. He’s really good against the run and is usually two steps ahead of everyone else on the court. It has exceptional speed and range. That’s huge value for any team that takes him to the second round.

2. Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

Booth is an athletic, fast cornerback with excellent ball skills. In media coverage, he does a good job of staying in the wide hip pocket. It’s fluid to open up and has enough speed to stay in tune with vertical lanes. He is very good on the balls thrown in front of him. Overall, Booth has the potential to be a solid No. 2 cornerback.

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3. Arnold Ebiketie, DE, Penn State

Ebiketie is a long frame rusher with a non-stop motor. Overall, Ebiketie is a deft passing thrower who should rack up pressures and sacks as he learns to play the run with more consistency.

4. David Ojabo, OLB, Michigan

Ojabo was a very productive rusher for the Wolverines despite splitting playing time. He is the perfect size and explosiveness for the position. Sadly, his 2022 season is now in doubt after suffering a torn Achilles on Michigan’s pro day. On the bright side, he should bounce back thanks to modern medicine.

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5. Kyler Gordon, BC, Washington

Gordon is a good athlete who plays with the physique. He has great game speed and is very instinctive in coverage. Against the run, it is often used as a blitzer. On cover, he has the athleticism and hips to be a starting outside corner.

Ron Rivera

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Martin Mayhew

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Dan Snyder

6. Boye Mafe, OLB, Minn.

Mafe is a hovering rusher with a desirable mix of speed and power. He steadily improved throughout the season. Long-term, Mafe is still a raw prospect, but it’s moving in the right direction and delivering double-digit upside.

7. Travis Jones, DT, UConn

Jones is a dominant big defensive tackle with unexpected speed. Against the pass, he can generate an immediate recoil and collapse the pocket. Against the run, he is strong against single and double teams. He can sink his weight and withstand the pressure on the corner blocks.

8. Logan Hall, DE, Houston

Hall is a disruptive inside pass-rusher who excels at crushing inside offensive linemen with explosive power. As a running defender, Hall shines when he has the opportunity to score gaps. He is an explosive athlete who plays with high motor skills.

9. Roger McCreary, BC, Auburn

McCreary has quick feet and fits better into a defense that features a heavy press man. He’s mostly played away at Auburn, but he has experience playing on the slot machine and could fit better there in the NFL, given his average height and short arms. McCreary is a willing tackler in the running game, he just needs to be more physical at the next level.

ten. Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor

Pitre is an interchangeable security that, on any given game, can switch between playing FS, SS, ILB, or OLB. He has quick feet, good instincts, and exceptional fence coverage. Pitre is an effective open-field tackle who slides blocks, shoots holes and flies around the field.

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