There is a lot of football between now and then, but which position groups could become draft needs for the Washington Commanders in 2024?
There is obviously a lot to get through before the Washington Commanders turn their attention to the 2024 NFL Draft. But for scouts and other front office personnel, that process has already begun.
Once the book closed on pre-draft assessments for the 2023 class, the pendulum immediately swung to those who might emerge from the college ranks next spring. The cycle never ends, nor should it given how important finding the right draft prospects is with veteran contracts soaring by the year.
Of course, the Commanders could have a completely different landscape by then. Josh Harris' ownership group will be in charge and there could also be a plethora of changes in positions of power depending on how head coach Ron Rivera fares in Year 4 of his tenure.
Although there are many unknowns right now and a lot of football to play, here are four potential draft needs for the Commanders in 2024.
Commanders could need an OT
Charles Leno Jr. and Andrew Wylie look set to occupy the starting offensive tackle positions next season. Both veterans are steady and decent leaders within the locker room, but whether they can provide the upturn in consistency needed remains to be seen.
If the Washington Commanders don't like what they see from one or maybe both, finding a long-term edge protector via the 2024 NFL Draft is an absolute must. This is something they chose to ignore during the recent selection process to strengthen their secondary over the opening two rounds.
That was a contentious decision. One that could haunt Ron Rivera if the above duo cannot reach expectations.