4 Commanders who could see starting spots stolen by draft picks in 2024

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Cornelius Lucas - Commanders OT

Despite prioritizing the offensive line in free agency, the Washington Commanders did little to fortify the left tackle position. Charles Leno Jr. was released as part of cost-cutting measures and remains a free agent following hip surgery. That leaves Cornelius Lucas listed as the starting blindside protector after penning a one-year extension.

Lucas is a dependable performer when called upon. He played 231 snaps on offense last season, giving up three sacks and conceding one penalty en route to a modest 62.8 grade from Pro Football Focus. The former undrafted free agent out of Kansas State has his sights set on starting, but that's not a done deal by any stretch of the imagination.

The Commanders will be examining the top offensive tackles coming out of the draft with great interest. This is a deep class for edge performers - especially over the first three rounds. Washington is also blessed with six picks during this stage of the selection process to find the future left tackle should they wish.

Many will be taken after the Commanders pick their next quarterback at No. 2 overall. Adam Peters will need to watch developments closely. If he feels like trading back into the first round in pursuit of landing their preferred left tackle target is the right thing to do, he shouldn't hesitate.

This is arguably their most important need after the quarterback spot. If that means giving up extra assets to resolve the issue effectively, it's a small price to pay. In this scenario, Lucas will go back to his swing tackle role.