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Commanders could draft Olumyineu Fashanu

  • Offensive Tackle | Penn State Nittany Lions

If the Washington Commanders decide they could get more from quarterback Sam Howell on his cheap contract rather than looking for a shiny new toy at football's most critical position, attention needs to focus on molding an offensive line capable of providing the protection needed. Something head coach Ron Rivera hasn't prioritized effectively throughout his four-year stint at the helm.

Looking at where the Commanders are situated in the draft standings, there won't be a better time to land an elite left tackle. Olumyineu Fashanu is right at the top of Washington's list of possibilities no matter where they are selecting in the top five.

Fashanu has been exceptionally flawless throughout his college career at Penn State. His length, functional strength, and athleticism are extraordinary for a man his size, easily disposing of almost every pass-rusher unfortunate enough to come into his path this season.

The Commanders need a franchise-caliber edge protector in the worst way. Howell is getting sacked to historic levels, so Fashanu would instantly solve their blindside complications if Charles Leno Jr. is moved on under the new regime.

There are very few - if any - flaws in Fashanu's game. He is as close to a sure thing as you're likely to find. It might not be the flashiest pick, but it's probably the best one.

If Caleb Williams and Drake Maye are the first two players off the board as expected, the Commanders bringing Fashanu into the building becomes increasingly realistic.