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Getting a Look at Rookie Guard Chris Paul vs Dallas | Washington Commanders

Updated: May 5, 2023

By Adam Aniba

The news of the day during Washington's team presser was that rookie QB Sam Howell would get his first career regular season start vs Dallas. Rivera also mentioned another rookie, he was looking forward to seeing with guard rookie Chris Paul (FULL College Scouting Report) taking snaps at left guard in today's practice.

"We were excited to get a look at Paul."

With multiple o-lineman dealing with injuries, Paul could see his first career start with Howell.

The 7th round selection out of Tulsa has been on the inactive list every game this season, but the buzz around the rookie has been growing. Per The Athletic, Ron Rivera discussed what his veteran players thought about Paul's potential.

"Chris Paul is somebody that's gonna make his mark. I say that because when you talk to some of our veteran defensive lineman, they talk about him as being a guy that can lock you up. And they've told me unsolicited, 'Coach, we gotta keep an eye on this kid'."

Paul lined up at right tackle and even saw snaps at left tackle during his college career, but is viewed as a developmental project at guard.

Run blocking was his strength at Tusla. Although his technique and ability in pass protection need refinement, Paul is an intelligent player who has spent a full season learning behind the veterans.

Although fans should temper their expectations for Paul's first career action vs the Cowboys, his ceiling is much higher than the current guards on the roster. With Andrew Norwell a likely a offseason cap casualty and Trai Turner/Wes Schweitzer both free agents, the rookie from Tulsa has a big opportunity ahead.

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