Which college prospects are reportedly early frontrunners to become the Washington Commanders' first-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft?
With the Washington Commanders going nowhere fast in 2023, fans have already begun turning their attention towards the upcoming offseason. One that should be among the most important and dramatic in franchise history.
The Commanders are going to hit the reset button. Ron Rivera will be gone, many coaches will follow, and the likes of general manager Martin Mayhew in the front office are also going to be surplus to requirements under Josh Harris' ownership group.
Washington could have around $100 million to spend on free agents. They also look on course for a top-five selection that could go as high as No. 2 overall when it's all said and done.
This makes the Commanders an attractive destination for a head coach. Although there are plenty of evaluations and scouting events to undertake, here are three extremely early frontrunners being linked to Washington's first-round selection in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Commanders could draft Joe Alt
- Offensive Tackle | Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Washington Commanders have two legitimate options barring a wildcard being thrown into the mix. Either they decide to go for a new quarterback or solidify the offensive line in the hope current starter Sam Howell could flourish further in 2024 and potentially beyond.
If those in power decide to give Howell another shot, then Joe Alt is someone who should be strongly considered. Widely regarded as one of the premier players emerging from the college ranks next spring, the Notre Dame prospect has all the makings of a long-term left tackle - something the Commanders desperately need with Charles Leno Jr.'s production waning.
Alt is athletic, powerful, and technically sound. He's a Day 1 starter with unlimited upside, so the Commanders could do far worse than look in his direction.