3 teams the Commanders could use for daring 2024 NFL Draft trade-up

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Trading up in the 2024 NFL Draft isn't something the Washington Commanders need to concentrate on with their first pick. Not when general manager Adam Peters owns the No. 2 overall selection.

This will be used on a quarterback who can hopefully propel the Commanders to greatness, but what about getting back into the first round at a later stage?

Peters certainly has the ammunition. Notably, the No. 36 and No. 40 picks near the top of Round No. 2. Those choices could be packaged in three daring ways to let the Commanders add first-round talent at positions still needing help.

Those positions include offensive tackle and edge-rusher. Here are three teams Peters could entice into a potential deal, starting with the Los Angeles Chargers and the No. 5 pick.

Commanders could trade with the Chargers

  • Potential target: Joe Alt (OT)

Would the Los Angeles Chargers seriously consider giving up the fifth pick? Well, the AFC West franchise is "open to moving down," according to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer.

The Washington Commanders could move into that spot if Peters dealt away both second-round picks this year. They would add up to 2,315, per the Fitzgerald-Spielberger Draft Trade chart found at Over the Cap.

Despite the value of those second-rounders, let's assume the Chargers would need a little more incentive to forego a top-five pick and leave the first round altogether. Maybe Peters sweetens the pot by adding his second fifth-round choice, the No. 152 pick overall.

That's a hefty price to pay, but more than enough to put the Commanders within reach of the quality left tackle they need. Notre Dame's Joe Alt is arguably the best in class at his position and a locked-on, long-term solution for Washington on the blindside.

Alt gave up one sack from 774 pass-blocking snaps, per PFF College.

The 21-year-old has NFL bloodlines as the son of former Kansas City Chiefs Pro-Bowl tackle Jon Alt. Pedigree and performance recommend this trade.

Putting Alt into the starting lineup would give the rebuilding Commanders a cornerstone player at the position that's arguably the second-most valuable in the modern game behind the quarterback.

Peters will find one of the latter by taking either Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye, or J.J. McCarthy off the board No. 2 overall. That rookie passer will need protecting, something the Commanders wouldn't have to worry about with Alt on the field.

The Chargers having Justin Herbert as QB1 makes them a prime candidate to trade back. Striking this deal would still leave the Commanders with a trio of third-round picks, a fifth, and a seventh to find value after addressing two premium positions in the top five.

Another scenario would focus instead on adding the dynamic edge-rusher new head coach Dan Quinn needs to make his defenses work.