The Washington Commanders have a new name, a new look, and a new identity. We take a look at their future with a new potential franchise QB.
The Washington Commanders have a new name, new uniforms, and a new identity as a franchise. We can all finally move forward from the Washington Football Team era and move on to the next.
Now that they have new uniforms, a new name, and a new logo, what about a new franchise quarterback?
As admirable of a job as Taylor Heinicke did for Washington these past couple of years, it’s time for Washington to get someone in place that they can make a jump in the NFC with. That could happen this offseason via trade or the 2022 NFL Draft, but I think this version of the Washington franchise is going to pass on the Ryan Fitzpatricks of the NFL world.
Let’s take a look at a 2022 Washington Commanders mock draft, the first we’ve ever done for the team with their new name and new look.
2022 Washington Commanders mock draft
1. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
The Washington Commanders hold the 11th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. As of right now, there’s a chance they could be in position to stay put and draft the QB1 on their board.
I’m not certain that Sam Howell is going to wind up as everyone’s QB1, but that cream could rise back to the top sooner rather than later.
Although Howell struggled some this past year at North Carolina, context matters. He lost about 87 players, give or take, to the NFL last offseason. He was a one-man show at UNC this past season compared to the year prior when he had Javonte Williams, Michael Carter, Dyami Brown, and Dazz Newsome.
He played a little too much hero ball early in 2021 but evened out as the season went along. He still managed 35 total touchdowns offensively, 11 of them coming as a runner which was an aspect of his game that was really unlocked this past season.
Pairing him up with Terry McLaurin and the skill position talent in Washington could be exactly what this Washington Commanders team needs.