Commanders pull off the first-round trade they so badly wanted

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After months of speculation about whom the Commanders would select with the 11th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, it turns out that Washington won't be choosing from that slot after all.

Soon after going on the clock on Thursday evening, the team pulled off a trade with the New Orleans Saints, who then took Chris Olave after moving up in the order.

In return for their first-rounder, the Commanders received the Saints' 16th pick, as well as a third-rounder (No. 98) and a fourth-rounder (No. 120).

Even with players like Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton and Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams still available, Washington opted to acquire more assets, which is something Ron Rivera and GM Martin Mayhew craved.

Now, they can try to round out the club's roster more in the middle portions of the draft, where Mayhew believes it's strongest.