4 potential draft needs for the Washington Commanders in 2024

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Commanders could need an edge rusher

This would have been inconceivable just a few seasons ago. But the Washington Commanders could have a big problem on their hands regarding both starting edge rushers in 2024.

After two seasons ravaged by injury and poor performance levels, the Commanders made the correct call by not picking up Chase Young's fifth-year option. However, if the former No. 2 overall selection out of Ohio State stays healthy and dominates next season, the dollars on his contract demands will go through the roof.

That would be fine if it wasn't for the presence of Montez Sweat. His teammate on the defensive front is also looking for a big payday in 2024 and considering the money tied up in Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen, it's almost impossible to keep both happy.

Having four players making more than $20 million per year on the defensive line is poor roster building. A heavy price for investing so much high-end draft capital in this area of the field.

The Commanders did draft a contingency plan in the form of K.J. Henry, who could emerge as a starter with additional refinement. But if Young or Sweat departs, drafting a replacement becomes a matter of urgency.