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If Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton drops from the top 10 of the 2022 NFL draft, things could get interesting. The Washington Commanders at No. 11 would be faced with the decision of selecting Hamilton or a wide receiver.
The Commanders like Hamilton. They brought him in for a visit last week. Washington also likes some of the top wide receivers. Ohio State’s Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson visited Washington, and head coach Ron Rivera didn’t attend many pro days, but he was at OSU.
Washington saw USC wide receiver Drake London at his pro day.
There are lots of rumors about which wide receiver the Commanders prefer. There was also the rumor that Washington wasn’t even looking to select a wide receiver in the first round.
Are you confused yet?
Some believe Washington has London as the top receiver on its board. Others think it’s Wilson. And some believe Olave could be the guy.
Todd McShay of ESPN believes the Commanders are pursuing a wide receiver early. In his latest draft buzz column, McShay said Washington was “all in” on finding another wide receiver.
Nothing new here, but the Washington Commanders are all in on finding another wide receiver. I’ve heard two very different nuggets on their preference at No. 11. One GM told me that buzz around the league points to Washington taking Ohio State’s Chris Olave, pairing him with a former Buckeyes teammate in Terry McLaurin. But another says London is rumored to be much higher on Washington’s board at the position. Regardless, it might be a moot point if London goes to the Falcons or Jets.
It’s challenging to decipher which report is accurate right now. The Commanders would probably prefer to trade back, add multiple picks, and still land Olave. However, there doesn’t appear to be significant interest in moving up this year. Perhaps that changes on Thursday when a blue-chip player or two slips.
Washington may not select a wide receiver in the first round, but the chances are good the Commanders will add a wideout with one of their first two selections.