4 Commanders players who are not safe after the 2024 NFL Draft

These Commanders players have a fight on their hands.
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Percy Butler - Commanders S

This one takes some explaining, so bear with me.

The Washington Commanders picked who former Alabama head coach Nick Saban believes is the best pound-for-pound player in the 2024 NFL Draft. Mike Sainristil played a significant role in the Michigan Wolverines' college football national championship triumph and should be a shrewd addition that can help immediately.

Adam Peters revealed that he expects Sainristil to occupy the STAR cornerback position, where his skill set looks best suited. If this scenario comes to fruition, there's a good chance last year's second-round pick Quan Martin moves back to his college position on the backend - something that brings a significant level of intrigue attached thanks to the presence of Dan Quinn and Joe Whitt Jr. guiding him on the right path.

Couple this with the free-agent signing of Jeremy Chinn, the return to full health of Darrick Forrest, and the Commanders using one of their late-round selections on Dominique Hampton, things could be looking a little precarious for Percy Butler heading into his third season.

Butler got plenty of chances to shine last season with Forrest out of the lineup. There were flashes of promise, but it was an underwhelming effort overall as the Commanders' defense spiraled into another campaign of abject failure. With a new regime looking to build from the ground up, they were not going to sit on their hands in the hope those already on the books could enhance their respective attributes.

There's a chance Butler can continue as a depth option and core special teams performer. But the recent acquisitions and what it might mean for the secondary's infrastructure within Quinn's dynamic scheme indicates it's not a done deal by any stretch of the imagination.

The former fourth-round selection out of Louisiana needs to dig in and fight for his spot throughout the summer. Anything less will come with grave consequences.