Commanders take Phidarian Mathis in second round to bulk up D-line


Following the selection of Jahan Dotson in Thursday's first round of the NFL Draft, the Commanders went back to a position group and school the franchise has known well for quite some time.

With pick No. 47 on Friday, Washington added Phidarian Mathis, a defensive tackle from Alabama. Mathis played four seasons for the Crimson Tide, logged nine sacks for Nick Saban's squad in 2021 and was also a team captain. 

After releasing Matt Ioannidis and allowing Tim Settle to sign with the Buffalo Bills in March, Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio's defensive line was short on depth. Mathis, who's 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, will absolutely get some of the work that those two left behind.

Despite his high sack numbers a year ago, scouting reports seem to suggest he's best as a run stopper. Part of his Twitter bio reads, "I hate OL."

Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean and Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker were available when the club went on the clock, and those players would've reinforced the middle and back portions of the defense, respectively.

Mathis, though, is the one Washington went with, and he'll join fellow Alabama products Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne on the defensive line. 

The Commanders are slated to turn in another card late Friday night at 98th overall in the third round after addressing both sides of the ball to open up the event.