4 bold Commanders predictions during the 2024 NFL Draft

Time to go bold...
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Commanders go all-defense in Round 3

After trading quarterback Sam Howell and edge rusher Chase Young to the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers respectively, the Washington Commanders have three third-round selections at their disposal during the 2024 NFL Draft. The more picks you have, the more chances there are to unearth diamonds.

That did not go unnoticed as part of a new analytics-based approach under general manager Adam Peters and majority ownership partner Josh Harris. While the focus has primarily centered on the offense - specifically the quarterback, left tackle, and wide receiver positions - the presence of head coach Dan Quinn indicates the defense could also get its fair share of attention.

Despite signing Dorance Armstrong, Clelin Ferrell, and Dante Fowler Jr. in free agency, adding another explosive pass-rusher wouldn't be the worst idea in the world. The Commanders also need a starting-caliber cornerback after Kendall Fuller left for the Miami Dolphins.

The safety position might need another piece following Kamren Curl's departure. Adding another developmental linebacker behind Frankie Luvu and Bobby Wagner could also be something those in power contemplate.

Then, the Commanders looking at another interior defensive lineman given the questions surrounding Phidarian Mathis represents a realistic outcome. Washington only has nine selections - which would decrease if they traded up into the first round - but if they stand pat, then using their trio of third-rounders on improving Joe Whitt J.'s defense is a bold yet realistic prediction that might come to fruition.

After so many high expectations for Washington's defense last time around under Jack Del Rio, what transpired throughout the campaign was nothing short of disastrous. The free-agent signings and the presence of two renowned scheme manufacturers in Quinn and Whitt will help tremendously. That said, Peters must find a fresh injection of energy and youth from the college ranks to give their chances of growth another big boost.