5 dream 2024 NFL Draft prospects the Commanders should trade up for

Could Adam Peters go bold to boost the team's rebuild?
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Commanders could draft Olu Fashanu

  • Offensive Tackle
  • Penn State Nittany Lions

If the Washington Commanders are going to make a daring trade back into the first round once they select their next franchise quarterback at No. 2 overall, it's probably going to be for an offensive tackle. Adam Peters has already spoken about how talented this class is at the top end. Looking at the moves made throughout the offseason, all signs point to those in power picking a couple of potential starters with their rich bounty.

Washington's new quarterback won't be able to make an immediate impact without sufficient protection. The Commanders released veteran left tackle Charles Leno Jr. and did nothing to fortify the blindside in free agency. Peters stated he'd be happy going into the offseason program with Cornelius Lucas and Trent Scott as his options, but that would be organizational malpractice given the substantial investment they're about to make at football's most important position.

If Olu Fashanu starts falling, the Commanders should monitor developments closely. The Penn State prospect is arguably the best pure pass protector in this year's class, boasting exceptional length and athleticism to keep opposing rushers contained. He's explosive to the point of attack and displays outstanding footwork to mirror pass-rushing moves - whether it's speed rushers or those who operate with more power.

Fashanu's run blocking needs work, but his size, strength, and physical profile suggest he can be coached up. Projections are sketchy regarding the player - some believe he's a sure-fire top 10 pick, maybe even top 7 depending on how things shake out. Others have him going between Nos. 10-20. If the latter proves accurate, Peters must be ready to pounce.

Trading up into the teens won't be cheap. But if the Commanders could find their franchise signal-caller and also get someone like Fashanu - who is potentially a decade-long left tackle barring injury - the compensation would be worth it.

This is the definition of a dream. One that might not come off, but it's nice to think about.