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Selection Comment - Pick #17

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Paris Johnson Jr.

Ohio State


On Sunday, October 13th, the Skins were one play away from being 1-5, and if Benjamin St. Juste doesn't make a goal-line tackle on Darnell Mooney, the season would've been over just six weeks in. Fast-forward six more weeks and Ron Rivera's squad is 7-5 and currently holds the 7th seed in the NFC playoff race.

Over that 5-1 stretch, consider where the Commanders rank among all 32 teams (per the Athletic's Ben Standig); 1st in winning percentage, 1st in turnover margin, 2nd in time of possession margin, 3rd in points and yards allowed, and 4th in 3-and-out percentage (just 23%). The Commanders' run to the playoffs two seasons ago and surge toward the playoffs last year were a direct result of a very specific gameplan employed by Rivera, one that is almost anti-Riverboat Ron. The team wants to shorten games, take the ball out of their own quarterbacks hands en route to dominating on the ground, and make offenses one dimensional by stifling opponents' rushing attacks.

This formula has largely worked-though barely, on many occasions-and Washington is two games against the division-rival (and probably overrated) New York Giants from being a near-lock to make the playoffs. Want more good news? Chase Young's return might be right around the corner.

-Kennedy Paynter, Senior Draft Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)

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