5 prospects Commanders must consider on Day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft

Don't sleep on from Day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft.
Jordan Magee
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Commanders could draft Jordan Magee

  • Linebacker | Temple Owls

Adam Peters realized how bad the Washington Commanders’ linebacker group was and made it a priority to greatly improve it this offseason. Even though this unit is vastly improved, there is still work to be done with the long-term in mind.

Drafting Jordan Magee on Day 3 and having him learn from guys like Bobby Wagner and Frankie Luvu comes with obvious benefits attached. Getting some reps throughout his rookie season would be amazing for his development.

Magee is a little smaller for a linebacker at 6-foot-1 and 228 pounds. However, his natural athleticism, aggressiveness, and play strength turn him into a major threat for opposing offenses. He proved his athleticism not only in the tape but at the NFL Scouting Combine, running a 4.55-second 40-yard dash, which was fifth among all second-level defenders.

Due to his smaller size, Magee has had to put more of an emphasis on pass coverage so that he can translate to the NFL better. Even though he is an aggressive player, his size will be a liability. His experience playing quarterback in high school allows him to bait easily and his speed allows him to keep up with wide receivers in coverage. This makes him a potential linebacker/safety hybrid in a similar mold to Jeremy Chinn.

Even though he has a smaller frame, Magee is still an excellent open-field tackler and can be used in blitz packages with his quickness. Having guys like Luvu and Wagner to help him improve his pass-rushing tools would be a big help.

Commanders could draft Caedan Wallace

  • Offensive Tackle | Penn State Nittany Lions

Every Commanders fan knows how much the offensive line needs to improve from last year. Sam Cosmi is a building block for the future. Signings like Tyler Biadasz and Nick Allegretti should also help, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

There are other good Penn State offensive linemen in this class other than Olumuyiwa Fashanu. That includes Caedan Wallace.

Wallace stands at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, which is fine for an NFL offensive tackle. His athleticism and play strength allow him to steer his defenders exactly where he needs to, especially in run blocking. He also plays smart, recognizing when blitzes are happening and where they're coming from.

He will have some developing to do, as most Day 3 offensive linemen need. But with a little extra refinement, Wallace could become an NFL starter.