After months of speculation, the 2022 NFL Draft has finally come and gone, and the Washington Commanders have eight new players on their roster.
This is the third draft under head coach Ron Rivera, who worked closely with general manager Martin Mayhew and executive vice president of football/player personnel Marty Hurney to ensure Washington makes the most of the three-day event.
Below is a list of every Washington pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. You can also stay up to date on all Washington's draft news at https://www.commanders.com/draft/2022/
Round 1 (Pick 16)
WR Jahan Dotson, Penn State
With the 16th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Washington Commanders added another weapon to the offense by taking Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson.
As evidenced by his Pro Football Focus grade which climbed from a 60.2 to an 87.5 by the time he graduated, Dotson (5-foot-11, 178 pounds) steadily improved and impressed during his time in State College. He showed glimpses of his talent as a true freshman, playing in eight games and starting in four contests in 2018. He built on that momentum his sophomore season, starting in thirteen contests and amassing 27 receptions, 488 yards (18.1 yards per catch) and five touchdowns. He also made an impact as a punt returner that season, averaging 19.5 yards on his two returns.
In nine starts as a junior, the wide receiver garnered third-time all conference honors as a receiver for his team-leading 884 yards, eight TDs and 17 yards/catch rate and an honorable mention nod as a punt returner. He broke the internet with an outstanding one-handed catch against Ohio State that season.
Dotson capped off his career at Penn State with a flurry of honors and status as one of the best receivers in the country. He was named a third-team Associated Press All-American and second-team All-Big Ten selection as a receiver as he led Penn State with 91 receptions and 1,182 receiving yards and rose to eighth in the country with 12 receiving TDs in 12 starts.
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Round 2 (Pick 47)
DT Phidarian Mathis, Alabama
With the No. 47 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Washington Commanders have added to their defensive line by taking Alabama's Phidarian Mathis.
Mathis (6-foot-4, 310 pounds) was part of a Crimson Tide defense that allowed just 304.1 yards per game (seventh-best in college football). Mathis earned second team All-SEC honors in 2021 for a career-high 53 tackles, 12 for loss and nine sacks, and two pass breakups in 15 games (12 starts).
"Scheme-versatile wide body with long arms and solid technique at the point of attack," wrote NFL.com's Lance Zierlein. "Mathis is a Nick Saban-style run-plugger with powerful hands and a dense anchor. He comes into the league ready for two-gapping duties."
Mathis is known for his size and length -- his arm length measured at nearly 36 inches -- paired with his ability to crash the middle of the pocket. A four-year contributor for the Crimson Tide, he recorded 129 tackles (16 for loss). He brings position versatility on the inside of the defensive line with his ability to play at three-technique in different fronts.
"He can push the pocket on early down passing plays but is likely to come off the field on passing downs," Zierlein said. "Mathis should compete for early playing time as a 4-3/3-4 nose or as a five-technique.
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Round 3 (Pick 98)
RB Brian Robinson Jr., Alabama
With the No. 98 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Washington Commanders have fortified their running back unit by taking Alabama's Brian Robinson Jr.
Robinson (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) had a breakout year for the juggernaut Crimson Tide in 2021, carrying the ball 271 times, covering 1,343 yards (5.0 per carry) and notching 14 touchdowns as Alabama made a run to the national championship. He capped off his career by etching his name in the Alabama record books, tying for 10th in career rushing touchdowns with 29 and 11th all-time in total rushing yards with 2,704.
Considered perhaps the top short-yardage RB in this year's draft class, Robinson possesses a potent mix of strength and quickness. He's got a linebacker-like physique that allows him to penetrate through defenses and the fitness to take on a heavy workload. His impressive build up speed and deceptively fast feet make his size advantage even more influential. Robinson's brand of "bruiser" rushing is well-suited for the next level.
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Round 4 (Pick 113)
S Percy Butler, Louisiana
With the No. 113 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Washington Commanders bolster their secondary by taking Louisiana safety Percy Butler.
Butler (6-foot, 190 pounds) was a standout for the Ragin' Cajuns with an All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention as a junior and second team honors as a senior. He recorded 61 tackles, six for loss, four pass breakups, one blocked kick in 12 games, nine starts last season.
"Upside free safety with feast-or-famine tackle approach that creates inconsistencies teams will need to have corrected," wrote NFL.com's Lance Zierlein. "Butler vacillates between punishing hitting and taking arm-tackling angles in the open field. He's average in man coverage but plays with instincts and catch disruption from zone. He might see an uptick in his future value if he can get his run tackling solidified."
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Round 5 (Pick 144)
QB Sam Howell
With the No. 144 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Washington Commanders have added to their offense by taking North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell.
Howell (6-foot-1, 218 pounds) was highly-touted prospect coming out of high school as he set the North Carolina state record for total offensive yards with 17,036. The signal called lived up to the hype and then some once he stepped foot in Chapel Hill, becoming an immediate starter for the Tar Heels. He collected a bevy of accolades throughout college career, including all-ACC honors and a Manning Award finalist nod. In his senior season, he had three games of 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing, behind only Lamar Jackson's four such contests over the past 25 seasons. He left UNC as the all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense.
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Round 5 (Pick 149)
TE Cole Turner
With the No. 149 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Washington Commanders added to their tight end room by taking Nevada tight end Cole Turner.
Turner (6-foot-6, 246 pounds) made the move to tight end in the 2020 and never looked back. That season, he was Nevada's joint leader in receiving touchdowns (9) in nine starts, and he scored two of those in the Wolfpack's win over Tulane in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. He earned first-team All-Mountain West conference honors for his performances. In his senior season in 2021, he again picked up conference honors and amassed 62 receptions, 677 yards and 10 TDs.
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Round 7 (Pick 230)
T Chris Paul
With the No. 230 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Washington Commanders select Tulsa tackle Chris Paul to shore up the offensive line.
Paul (6-foot-4, 323 pounds) put together a strong end to his college career, as he earned all-conference honors on 10 starts. He played at both left and right tackle for Tulsa, offering the position versatility that Washington desires for its front.
"He's highly intelligent on and off the field. Picking up technique and scheme will not be a problem for him," wrote NFL.com's Lance Zierlein.
Paul is known for his strong ability as a blocker in both the run and passing game. He's a four-year starter and also has experience at guard. He should provide valuable depth for the Commanders in his first season.
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Round 7 (Pick 240)
CB Christian Holmes
With the No. 240 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Washington Commanders added to to their secondary unit by selecting Oklahoma State cornerback Christian Holmes.
Holmes (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) started out his career at Missouri and transferred to Oklahoma State to play his last two seasons. The cornerback logged 60 totals games, 30 pass breakups and three interceptions during his time with both the Tigers and Cowboys. He ended his "super senior" season for Oklahoma State on a high, finishing the year with 39 tackles (the largest single season total of his career) and picking up All-Big 12 second team honors as well as 2021 First Team Academic All-Big 12.
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