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Commanders could draft Amarius Mims

  • Offensive Tackle
  • Georgia Bulldogs

Amarius Mims is one of the genuine wildcards in this year's draft class. The Georgia prospect is a little raw, but his size, length, and athleticism for a man his size could make him a legitimate superstar if he puts everything together.

Mims is a towering human at 6-foot-8 and 340 pounds with 36 1/8-inch arms. The former five-star high school recruit's experience might not be in keeping with typical first-round selections, but NFL teams normally draft players for what they could become rather than what a prospect has done at the collegiate level.

The offensive tackle is a high-energy athlete with the power to match. Mims is well put together and a formidable presence to shift off the block. This makes him a supreme asset against the run once early momentum is generated.

As a pass protector, Mims displays outstanding length and hand placement to keep rushers at arm's length. His physical profile suggests transitioning to the left-hand side should be no problem whatsoever, especially considering his adept ability to maximize leverage and angles at all times.

Had Mims not required ankle surgery in 2023, he could be a lock to going into the top 10. Teams have no idea how good he could become, which only adds to the level of fascination after his jaw-dropping testing throughout pre-draft assessments.

This is also reflected in Mims' projections according to most analysts. The edge force is expected to go anywhere from 10-30 depending on which mock drafts you read. He'll be one of the more intriguing names to watch as the first round unfolds, but he's someone the Washington Commanders might have their eye on as a potential franchise left tackle.

The options are vast for Adam Peters. He could stand pat and wait to see who falls into the second round. That said, if the front-office leader feels like there's an opportunity to strike, he should do so with 100 percent conviction.