2022 NFL Draft: 4 Players the Washington Commanders Must Target With the No. 11 Overall Pick

The 2022 NFL Draft is nearly upon us, and the Washington Commanders will have a difficult decision to make with the 11th overall pick. For their sakes, perhaps they’ll make better choices at drafting players than they did at choosing a new name.

Too soon? Too bad. I liked the Washington Football Team.

So, who should the Commanders draft at No. 11? As with our mock drafts, we picked players based on need and team fit. Also, all prospects are ranked alphabetically as opposed to preference or potential. Although the Carson Wentz trade might not preclude Washington from selecting a quarterback at some point in the draft, we do not believe the team should add one this early.

Based on consideration of the aforementioned prerequisites, we believe the Commanders should target the following players with the 11th overall pick:

Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Olave doesn’t have the pre-draft hype of Ohio State teammate Garrett Wilson or Alabama’s Jameson Williams, but the second-team All-American wideout would nonetheless be an excellent fit in Washington. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound wideout ran a 4.39-yard 40-dash at the NFL Combine and totaled 175 catches, 2,702 yards, and a Buckeyes-record 35 touchdowns over the last four years.

Wentz needs receivers, and Olave’s speed, hands, and route-running should appeal to the 2017 Pro Bowl selection. Let’s also not forget that Washington has added several of the two-time Big Ten selection’s former teammates, including receiver Terry McLaurin and pass-rusher Chase Young, in recent years. If Wilson isn’t on the board here (and I don’t think he will be), Olave would be a fine addition … on paper, at least.

Drake London, WR, Southern California

London’s stock seemingly continues to skyrocket as he recovers from a fractured right ankle, and he might be in play for the Commanders at No. 11. The 6-foot-4, 213-pound receiver hauled in 88 catches, 1,084 yards, and seven touchdowns in only eight games last season, and his size would be a welcome addition to Washington’s offense.

London’s size allowed him to star in basketball in high school, and Wentz would definitely benefit from a big-bodied receiver who could beat opposing defensive backs for 50-50 balls. Although we wouldn’t be surprised to see London go in the top-10, he absolutely makes sense for Washington at No. 11.

Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

At this stage in the pre-draft process, it feels safe to assume Stingley will go between the fifth and fifteenth overall picks. Which, knowing how much of a crapshoot the draft is, means the Jets will select him fourth overall and drive their fans to more anguish.

Washington head coach Ron Rivera is a proven defensive mastermind, and the Commanders desperately need help in the secondary. If the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Stingley is healthy, he has an immensely high ceiling and could find himself on an All-Pro team sooner rather than later. However, his injury history will likely rightfully scare some teams away. There’s no reason to draft a player, especially in the first round, if you don’t believe he can stay on the field.

Stingley is a high-risk, especially high-reward prospect. Will that be enough to convince Washington to bring him into the mix if he’s still available at No. 11?

Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

This would absolutely be a reach, but hear us out here. First, Washington can wait until the second round to add a receiver, especially if they’re smitten with prospects such as Alabama’s John Metchie III, North Dakota State’s Christian Watson, or Western Michigan’s Skyy Moore. We have to believe at least one of those prospects will be on the board when the Commanders pick 47th overall.

Back to McDuffie, a third-team All-American honoree in 2021. According to the trusty NFL Mock Draft Database, McDuffie is usually listed as going anywhere between the 14th and 31st overall picks. However, his stellar coverage skills (he allowed only 16 catches on 296 total passing snaps last year) and solid speed (he ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine) could be enough to land him in Washington, especially if Stingley and Cincinnati’s Ahmad Gardner are each off the board.

“He lacks lockdown traits but has lockdown talent, and his competitive energy is contagious,” NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein said of McDuffie. “He can play outside or from the slot and carries a very high floor with the potential to become one of the league’s top corners at some point during his first contract.”

That sounds good enough for us.

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