3 winners (and 2 losers) from the Commanders 2024 NFL Draft

There were winners and losers from the draft.
Terry McLaurin
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It was an enthralling 2024 NFL Draft where the Washington Commanders were concerned. Adam Peters was loaded with assets to strengthen problem position groups and improve depth. After a flurry of activity, the new general manager managed to enhance his blossoming reputation during his first selection process as the primary decision-maker.

Nobody is getting too carried away. The Commanders have a lot of hard work ahead and these picks must make smooth transitions from college to the pros. However, Peters made a concerted effort to not only find talent - he wanted to find those with the inner character to maximize the opportunity awaiting them.

The Commanders still have plenty of financial resources to make additional moves if the right opportunities come along. But for now, Peters can look back on his accomplishments with an enormous sense of pride. This isn't the same shoddy football operation fans became used to under Dan Snyder - there is alignment, collective vision, and legitimate purpose for the first time in decades.

This only heightens expectations about what could be ahead for an organization starved of success. With that being said, here are three winners and two losers from the Commanders 2024 NFL Draft process.

Winner No. 1

Andrew Wylie - Commanders OT

Many thought the Washington Commanders would prioritize finding some help at the offensive tackle positions once they'd selected their future franchise quarterback at No. 2 overall. Adam Peters attempted to trade back into the first round for a premier prospect to no avail. Brandon Coleman - an intriguing third-round selection - was the only edge addition.

While another veteran is likely to be sought in free agency to compensate for this, only one offensive tackle coming into the Commanders could indicate another supreme vote of confidence in Andrew Wylie. The veteran's production was solid if not spectacular last season, but many wondered whether he'd get a reprieve once long-time associate Eric Bieniemy was removed from the equation.

Based on what's unfolded throughout the offseason, it would be a huge shock if Wylie didn't get another chance to prove himself with better options around him. This is a best-case scenario for the player in no uncertain terms. Whether he can capitalize on it is another matter.

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